This was sent to me “just for fun”. As I was pouring it out of the Yixing I knew it would be just that. The aroma was like some ancient maritime cedar forest. The first sip made my cheeks tingle. There is an incredible clarity in my mind. One of those teas that the Chinese have known about for eons while we westerners have been sitting idly with black breakfast teas. There is that certain something. That mysterious glow. That energy that others with more knowledge on Eastern philosophy can articulate. I can see how the ritual of tea can lead to a higher consciousness. Me, I love this tea. Please put it on the site David.
Nansan Village 2004 Sheng
Location: Nansan Village Old Growth Tea Forest, Menghai County, Yunnan
This incredible limited pressing from Yongming Workshop has a uniquely woody quality, with a lively fir tree aftertaste and a savory filling texture. Something about this tea evokes sitting in a beautiful banquet hall and being served a sumptuous meal. The early steepings have spicy notes like ancho chili in mole sauce. In the aftertaste there is the texture and sweetness of a fine sake or dry white wine. Later steepings move towards creamy buttery notes. There are even hints of flavor that remind us of baked flat bread with olive pate, tomato and a touch of rosemary. In very late steepings, sweet cinnamon qualities start coming out as the intense savory notes fade into the background.