I’ve laid away my bamboo Chasen (茶筅) for too long. Today’s afternoon Matcha (抹茶) was such a delight - the soft froth brought the light bitterness of green tea and warm water into a beautiful almost-creamy concoction. I am most definitely stocking up on my matcha supplies and may throw in a Chawan (茶碗) as a small treat.
Great tea comes from wonderful people.
Meet the He Family: our oldest partner tea farmers and our first friends in tea. We’ve carried their classic Laoshan Greeen and Laoshan Black teas since we first started importing tea years ago - now, we’re happy and proud to share every tea the He Family produces on their 15 acre farm in Laoshan Village.
Sheng Pu-erh Tuo Cha vintage 2005 from Jingmai Manjing, Yunnan, China #organic Ancient Tea Tree #Camelliasinensis in the #Gaiwan this fine grey day #Whitebuds
In our cups today, Wang Yanxin's innovation Spring 2014 Yu Lu Yan Cha black tea! This revolutionary new tea (this is only the third time it’s ever been produced) takes fresh Spring leaves from Henan province and finishes them as a black tea in Laoshan Village, according to traditional (Yunnan) methods.
Packing up tins and bags of this Spring black tea, the whole tea house smells like baked cookies or malty chocolate chip brownies - we couldn’t resist brewing up a gaiwan of our very own.
Fresh young Xinyang Maojian leaves are traditionally oxidized over three days and roasted by Wang Yanxin herself in Laoshan Village as a black tea. The Spring harvest of this ingenious tea finds the perfect balance of chocolate notes, honey, and silky smooth texture. Closest to a fine Jin Jun Mei in profile, this collaborative tea continues to prove that the world of tea is still young with room for innovation everywhere.
The name Yu Lu Yan Cha Black comes from the ancient names of Henan and Shandong province. Yu is Henan, and Lu is Shandong. To commemorate this landmark cooperative tea producing effort, Yu Lu is added to the tea name. Yan is the first part of Wang Yanxin’s name, honoring her innovation in creating this new tea.
This tea met with such great success last season, Wang Yanxin was able to partner with her friends in Henan for a much larger Spring edition. We are pleased to offer the entire 100 pound Spring harvest from Wang Yanxin, and pleased to finance the experiment through buying up the results.
Flavor Notes: sweet potato, cream, honey, malt, citrus, cocoa
Day 83 2014.07.15 Beijing
Night time read a good book brew rock tea in small red clay teapot. Paired with 雲南建水 (Yunnan jianshui) purple clay cup. The size looks unbalanced at first but one small teapot and one tea cup is the perfect match for one person’s tea time tempo.
Day 89 2014.07.21 Beijing
To come down from the mountain is to become more human. To go up the mountain top is to be close to the immortals. In the middle are globins and evil spirits. To each place each of them at peace. Baoputang rock tea half way up the mountain at Wuyi mountain White cloud temple.
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