2001 Jin Chang Hao Yiwu
This 2001 production uses only 100% Old Growth Tree leaves, growing wild in the Zheng Shan region of Yiwu. It is completely hand processed, sun dried and stone pressed.
I enountered this in Taiwan, where is has been stored for the last 7 years. The storage has been clean, giving a cake that is starting to age nicely – the astringency is mellowing nicely, the liquor is thick with a strong characteristic Yiwu taste and long sweet hui gan with hints of caramel. There is some feeling of vibrancy in the mouth, indicative of some activity and power in the ongoing aging of these strong old-growth leaves.
For me, this is a very special tea – a rare find amongst the clutter of big factory productions, without the price that goes along with fame. An honest, top quality production – I can’t recommend it enough.