Plucked by hand and aged since 1999 by successive charcoal roasting, this high mountain tea offers an infusion with glossy black leaves and warm fragrances.
Aged for almost ten years, this wulong from Mr. Xu is sure to charm all admirers with the scent of brown sugar that emanates from its blend of whole leaves and fine silver buds.
This famous "rock wulong" from Fujian is offered in this version aged for more than twenty years.
Fermenting tea in Shaanxi usually implies Erotium Cristatum to form Golden Flowers (Jin Hua) on the leaves.
Compressed into impressive 1 kilo bricks, this aged tea is always appreciated by the inhabitants of the northern steppes for its digestive and nutritional benefits.
Here is one of those little aged jewels from the Hualien region on the east coast of Taiwan.
This delicate blend of spring leaves generously sprinkled with silvery buds has been carefully selected on 200 years old tea trees by a single family in Long Gu Qin village, Laos. Its infusion, with its vegetable and camphor aromas, is enhanced on the palate with fruity and pastry accents as well as a creamy and mineral texture.
The sweet finish leaves behind the most sublime and aerial of floral perfumes.
Without venturing far into Laos we find farmers producing tea using the ancestral methods of Yunnan. In Phong Sali, producers work their teas with great care, rivaling (and even occasionally surpassing) the quality those of their famous neighbors… often at much lower prices.
An instant favourite from François from his last trip to China.
In the tradition of aged teas, this one, from Guangxi in China is characterized by small broken dark leaves. The infusion gives off deep notes of leather and resinous wood. The dark brown liquor is gentle and without bitterness, adorned with nutty (walnut) and spicy accents (fennel). A clear and sweet finish completes the taste experience of this discovery.
Thirty years of Guangxi's humid climate has benefited this aged tea, slowly developing its large curly leaves. Its opaque and rich liquor is velvety and deeply marked by its woody (root) and mineral character.
This beautiful addition to our list of aged teas will please all lovers of rustic and traditional teas. Its large autumn leaves, picked a year after budding, come from ancient trees perched on the slopes of Shi Shan Mountain.