These pressed 'tea cigars' are comprised of the same material as the Laos Green Tea. Although called green tea by the local Laotian farmers, they are in fact more akin to Sheng Pu-dry tea, having the same tree species, climate, and processing methods. The only difference is that they have been hand pressed into hollow shafts of bamboo instead of cakes for easy shipping and storage. By hand-pressing their teas in a traditional method, the small village tea producers circumvent the need to collaborate with larger enterprises to use their hydrolic tea pressing machines and other expensive equipment, thus retaining a level of self sufficiency.
This tea was just pressed in April of 2021, and should be given time to rest before it is broken apart and drunk. We suggest letting this tea grow accustomed to the local climate by storing it in either open air, or wrapped loosely in the paper, as opposed to storing it in plastic.
These teas are sold in a tong of 4 tubes, with each tube being roughly 100 grams.
If you're interested in tasting the full range of the Keosuyaping family's teas, check out the Spring 2021 Laos Tea Sampler.