For generations the people of Yunnan province have wild-harvested the leaves of old, tree-sized tea plants. The pressed leaves' unique shape is called Tuo Cha, or "bowl tea"; it can be aged and enjoyed for years.
Place one unwrapped Tuo Cha piece in a 12-oz. to 16-oz. teapot. Rinse the tea with a small amount of boiling water to mellow its character and to preheat the pot. Discard rinse water. Steep tea covered in boiling water for 5 minutes. Strain the leaves while pouring. Pu'er leaves can be steeped a second time, for a pot just as delicious as the first.