Only 50 available. Tea cigars are a labor of love for the Phou Noy minority women who carefully hand-pick the best leaves from ancient tea trees. The leaves are later pressed together with bamboo, which results in soft tasting notes. These tea cigars make unique gifts and/or a fun introduction to the world of Laotian tea.
Origin: Phongsaly, Laos
Harvest Date: Spring 2021
Caffeine level: moderate
- 50 g per tea cigar (approx. 8 servings)
How to Brew
Gongfu Style: Add 4–5 grams of leaves per 6 ounces of heated water (90°C) to gaiwan or yixing teapot. After a brief rinse, steep for 5 – 15 seconds (up to 1 min for following steeps).
Teapot: Add 5 grams of leaves per 6 ounces of heated water (100°C). After a brief rinse, steep for up to 2 minutes.
What is a reserve tea? Reserve teas are teas that offer in limited quantities due to the availability of the tea itself.
Earns top spot for my favorite green tea. Not only is the sourcing and lore behind this tea positively heartwarming and inspirational, the tea is of commensurate quality.
It is more mild than some green teas — less of a 'saltiness' with more vibrant vegetal tasting notes reminiscent of fermented teas such as Liu Bao; this I believe would serve well as an introductory green tea for the budding enthusiast.