At 1800 m elevation, the temperature difference between day and night can easily be over 15°C even on a hot summer day. That is deep in the mountains in He Song of the Bada region in Xishuangbanna. Leaves grow much slower here, accumulated in them a little bit more plant protein, and the rich minerals from the pristine mountain soils. We pick whole sun-withered leaves from these native tea trees to process and mature into our premium grade shu cha pu’er. Presenting Bada, possibly the richest, deepest, and yet roundest post-fermented tea there is.
Deep, woody aroma with accents of sun-dried lychee, liquorice root and jujube. Dark, smooth and sweet infusion of silky tactility. Impressive depth rounded with a slight touch of umami and brightened with tones of fennel seeds, liquorice root, dates and mandarin orange. Refreshing aftertaste at the palate, sweetness at the top of the throat suggesting liquorice root and mandarin orange.
Infuse at 2:100, 1:100 or even less tealeaves for 5 minutes, as in conventional approaches. However, this tea plays wonders when prepared to more strength yet no bitterness or astringency. Use the gongfu style for a progression of changes, long infusion to experience its maximum impression. A well-seasoned Yixing pot would be ideal, but not necessary; this tea is really fine enough to stand on its own.
As with any pu’er, preheat your vessel well and always blanch the leaves before infusion.
Song pedigree tea cultivar Huangzhi Xiang distinguishes itself from others of the same name not only by its living ancestor that has been carbon-dated back to the 13th century (late Song), but also by the elegantly complex taste and aroma of the tea it yields. That is why it is the most revered of all Phoenix oolong in its own origin and at the nearby Gongfu Tea Capital of the World — Chaozhou.
Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
Plus 20 g more for free! = 60 g. That is 50% more tea for free
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To us, offering the extremely rare Shiguping Wulong is not a challenge enough. We think we should give you the best of its kind. Trekking further deep into the mountain above the elusive main village of Shiguping we found the patch of land which the locals called Liao-xi-ya, where it all began. The tea is softer, yet fuller and even more complex than that in the main village. The very original Shiguping Wulong*, as highly acclaimed by the man who devoted all of his life in advocating oolongs of Phoenix, the 74 years-old tea specialist Huang Bozi.
Huangshan (translate: Yellow Mountain) is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and a China national conservation. Besides beautiful sceneries, it is also the origin for many a fine teas, such as Huangshan Maofeng. The tender young leaf shoot to make Huangshan Spring Equinox is always plucked with one or two tiny immediate leaves. A much sought after green tea amongst connoisseurs worldwide.