2012 EOT QiShengGu
Located on the Lincang/Simao border, QiShengGu is a real village with a fictional name. We were asked not to reveal the real location of this village in order to prevent it becoming spoiled by too many people turning up there to buy the tea. The village is surrounded by ancient tea trees averaging around 400-500 years old. This tea is produced entirely from these trees. These leaves were picked in early Spring – the first flush of the year. Combined with the drought this year, the leaves of this tea are small, with a high concentration of buds. The tea is completely handprocessed, sun dried as maocha, stone pressed, then allowed dry naturally.
The tea is pure and fresh, with a quick sweetness and long aftertaste. The bitterness is well balanced, enough to convey the strength of the tea, but pleasant to drink now. The mouth and throat are comfortable and coated by the oily, thick tea. The tea is active in the mouth, transforming as the flavour lingers in the mouth.