A classic black wulong from Guangdong, both very suave and exotic. This tea comes from a less exploited side of the Dan Cong Mountains where crops are grown without chemicals. Its lively and fruity liquor (guava and honeydew melon) displays intense honey and floral fragrances. Powerful in the mouth, vegetal and woody notes are supported by generous tannins. Produced from thirty years old plants, this deep and well balanced tea offers a lot of infusions. Its finish is long, true to its name (meaning "taste of origin"), and worthy of exceptional teas.
Gaiwan from Mr Shao SO-58Mr Shao Collection
Mr Shao learned traditional pottery techniques with some of the greatest masters and he is part of a new generation of promising young potters.
Shao Guo Jun was born and educated in the city of Ding Shan. The ceramics which he makes are in the classic style.
This small cup comes with a lid and saucer and is used especially for infusing large leaf teas. The leaves are infused directly and the lid holds them back when the tea is ready to pour. This allows the leaves to be saved for multiple infusions, thus concentrating the flavours and aromas for each cup.
Diameter: 8.5 cm
Height: 7.5 cm
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Fermenting tea in Shaanxi usually implies Erotium Cristatum to form Golden Flowers (Jin Hua) on the leaves. Visible on the pressed bricks, these light golden specks are responsible for the typical woody and fruity aromas found in their infusion.
This very respectable shou Pu Er is offered here in carefully broken pieces of the original cake, a relatively affordable formula when compared to the price of whole cakes of this age. Its liquor is dense and milky, even after two rinses (as is often recommended for these antiques). The sweetness of its attack is accompanied by earthy and woody notes (typical of very old shou) softened by the many years spent in storage. The tea also sports pleasant nuances of fruits and flowers alongside that of camphor. Like an old book read with care and respect, this tea is to be savored with wisdom.