Master Han's Ten Year Aged Reserve Sheng
Master Han picks wild tea trees in the Qianjiazhai region of the Mount Ailao National Forest Preserve, Yunnan. He takes the utmost care to “let the leaves speak,” pressing each batch of leaves differently to bring out their best, either as a looseleaf sheng, a black tea, or a pressed cake or ball of tea. This special reserve ten year aged sheng was picked in 2003 by Master Han personally and aged in Yunnan until this month.
The aroma of the wet leaf is the sweet nostalgic smell of blankets in a cedar closet. Brewed, this tea is unusually sweet, clean and citrusy for a sheng of its age. Instead of a musty flavor, there is a light sparkle and woody aftertaste that makes the tongue tingle. The texture is almost crisp like a pear, but creamy like a golden needle black tea. There is a lingering “wild” complexity of mushroom, pine, and light florals imparted by the forest itself found in all Master Han’s tea.