Xiaozhong Huangpian 2017

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This tea was produced in Tongmuguan, Unesco world heritage protected area where tea trees grow in a pristine environment. Unlike most areas of Wuyishan that are at relatively low elevation, Tongmuguan is situated at a much higher altitude of around 1000mt.

Huangpian are called the older leaves that get discarded from production. They are ugly to see and their flavor is weaker than fresh leaves making them undesirable as they would lower the grade and price of a finished tea. Therefore they are usually discarded.

There is no market value for these leaves, they are usually not for sale and if you bought some you would be likely considered a fool by most advanced tea drinkers. We don’t really care and decided to offer some because we think they are nice to drink and it can be interesting to try. Although lacking the complexity, depth and intensity of flavor of normal leaves, this tea has a nice sweetness and smooth mouth feeling with no bitterness or astringency, It is a very enjoyable tea for any time and leaves a nice sweet aftertaste.

Moreover these leaves come from older trees (laocong) left to grow freely in Tongmuguan. Tree reaching a certain age gives tea a special flavor called “cong wei” or old tree flavor which in this tea is present although weakly.

We recommend this tea for both beginners and more experienced tea drinkers looking for an affordable daily drinker black tea. Huangpian and sticks have less caffeine than other leaves making this tea very gentle and mild. If you are looking for strong and hard to forget fragrances in your black tea you might want to try other teas such as our Yanxun Xiaozhong or our Little Bird Hongcha instead.

To get an idea of the differences in Xiaozhong taste we can also suggest to try our Hongcha Tasting box.

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So, a while back I ordered the “complete sampler” from Lazy Cat – basically a sampler with every single tea that they carry on their website. I’ve never ordered from Lazy Cat before, but I’ve heard really nice things about the yancha they carry (a favourite tea type of mine) and a bunch of the people from the Tea Friends slack group really like them, so I figured this was the best way to try what they have to offer and make my own mind up!

My goal with this sampler, aside from enjoyment, is to hopefully find five really stand out teas that I could see myself ordering large quantities of!

This was the first tea that I tried from the sampler; I was drawn to it because of the website description and the fact it’s one of very few non-yancha teas that Lazy Cat carries. I was actually deeply impressed with this tea; I thought that the leaf was very beautiful to look at and it infused quite deliciously. In fact, while I didn’t think it was super complex, I did pick out a few tasting notes that are really uncommon (at least for me) in black teas! Here’s my instagram write up:

Mesmerizing to look at, but with a very interesting flavor profile. I’d call this one light to medium bodied & very, very smooth. Not super complex; a bit of a marriage of mellow malty notes and sweet honey, with later infusions showing just a HINT of flavour progression, revealing a delicate citrus note like mandarin or candied orange. Most interesting and noteworthy, though, was the consistent undertone of refreshing and sweet melon I picked up through the entire tea session – like perfectly ripe cantaloupe!?

I’ve been thinking about that amazing and unique cantaloupe note for days now!

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0GVlcFgNNH/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Yenes0MSzg

Short listing this one for my “top five” from the sampler…

Martin Bednář

And the song is great too. It’s like it is about me :D (sad though)


Never heard of this company, but I want to try them for the cool packaging alone

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