Tai Ping Black

"Wild", lush, naturally sweet.

Tea trees dot the hillside breaking the symmetry of the gently curving rows of bushes. Now 40-50 years old, these trees stand 20-30 feet in height. As they are not cultivated, the harvested leaves are considered wild.  The farmer shows great pride in the history and culture these trees embody. Once processed, the leaves open to a range of distinct, provincial flavors.

Lot Notes: This lot was grown on a farm on the eastern side of Tai Ping Lake in the Huang Shan Mountains. The pluck is Yu Qian, harvested April 9, 2019. The lot is considered a 1st grade. Leaves are deep brown, thin and elegant. Tea is high fired giving it a robust aroma and very clean liquor.

Tea Facts: Tea is sold locally, not exportation to other provinces or outside China.  The varietal is of the broad family of Mao Feng. Note the leaves are thin and long as they are early picked. The elevation of the tea farm is approximately 800 meters.

Tasting Notes: The liquor in the cup is very aromatic. Tea has a distinct first note, reminiscent of the famous Tai Ping Hou Kui. then opening to notes of sugar cane and molasses. Tea is lush and naturally sweet. Plenty of flavor on the palate; finish is smooth and long.

Brewing Suggestions: A round tablespoon or 3-4 grams for 8-12 ounces of water will yield a very tasty cup. Water temperature of 195-205 F will open the aromas and flavors of this black. Steep for 2 minutes and taste. For more body, add time. Leaves will provide multiple steeps.

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