I am a big fan of the The Leaf online magazine. Unfortunately has not been a new issue in quite some time due to Mr. Fisher's (Wu De) other projects. One of them being the Global Tea Hut. They hope to start a
|Included with the tea was this beautiful piece of calligeraphy with a background painted with aged pu-erh|
The Tea is from Ai Laoshan which is the second highest mountain in
The leaves are dark. They look like no other pu-erh I have seen before. The aroma coming out of the bag when opened is deep sweet and rich making you want to sit still inhaling uplifting warming fragrance. I do not know if it is reading the eloquent words regarding this tea in the news letter or if it is the qi of the tea or scent but I have an urge to spend time with this leaf. Using my improvised Tuocha pick I separate the chunk into as many individual leaves as I feel I can manage without breaking them. I normally opt to just separate a chunk into three or four pieces reasoning that the tea this will keep the leaves more intact.
The first infusion reveals a much lighter liquid than I had envisioned. The Flavor coinciding with the aroma being a milky cocoa The Cha Qi radiates from my chest out through my arms and up to my cheeks. The wet leaves look fairly green considering there color while dry. They have developed a musky smell that I have noticed in some Guafengzhai teas. The second infusion reveals a darker liquid with more of that creamy chocolate flavor but also some musky notes are popping up. There are also some notes of wood that make their way into the session. As infusions move on the tea does begin to taste slightly like a red tea. The qi of this tea is a testament to the pure environment and the care given these trees. I am glad to have had the opportunity to try this special tea. While it is not the type of tea I would have bought for myself. Given my (possibly mistaken) belief that more processed pu-erh will not hold there potentcy as well as less processed leaf through the aging process. I am glad to have tried it as it reminded me that it is the care and love put into its creation that determines the quality of something, and not the process by which it is created.