Laocong Shuixian Old Tree Yancha

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Tea – Old Tree Yancha Wulong
Harvest – Spring 2018
Origin – Tongmuguan (Ban Yan)

This tea comes the area of Tongmuguan, a small Unesco protected natural area in the high part of Wuyishan (above 1000 mt) where access is strictly controlled and some older shuixian trees exist. To be called Lao Cong in fact, a tree should have enough age to develop a clear “cong wei” or old tree flavor. While it is said that the tree age should be over 80 years old to develop this taste, we can’t be sure how old exactly trees are nor we care. what we care about is what can we taste from the cup.

Drinking this tea is a deep flavorful experience with calming “cong wei” 枞味 (old tree flavor) and smooth mouth feeling. It can be brewed many times and is especially good if simmered in a large pot (see brewing tips below).

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Initial steeps were potently mineral with heavy notes of charred peanuts and herbs, though quickly this oolong softened up into something that, while still plenty mineral and roasty, was a little sweeter and more round and coating on the palate. Nuttier notes were joined by body notes of plum syrup and wild blueberry jam, and a floral undertone and finish with a pleasant lingering astringency. Those midtones, while far from cloying and sickly, are almost made more lush and enjoyable by how they seem to playfully bounce against the more contrasting oaky tree bark and spice notes that come alongside the roast. Definitely made for a very long and pleasant session; these leaves packed a lot of flavour!

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