2015 Wild Gao Jia Shan Fu Zhuan of Hunan Hei Cha - 50 grams
I like to bring in unusual teas for Panther Moon customers and this one fits the bill! This enormous 4 kilo brick is made up of wild Spring material from Gao Jia Mountain in Anhua, Hunnan, China. Made in the tradition of many hei cha, using chopped up tea leaves and stems - it looks a hot mess and as a retired Italian chef, I used to use a phrase, "Brutto ma Buono!" - Ugly but Good. Do not be deterred by the rough appearance, it is actually a top notch hei cha - the magic is in the masterful processing. The tea soup is exceptionally clean and pure, amber in color, thick and silky smooth, yet crisp. Notes of nuts, caramel and prune are enjoyed in the first couple steepings with a penetrating fruity, honey sweetness emerging in the third. As with many wild teas, produces a stimulating sensation in the mouth and a pleasant hui gan or throat feeling . The tea energy is very relaxing, almost has a reassuring, comforting vibe about it. Lower in caffeine and has very little astringency, if at all. Good for a long tea session with many steepings gongfu style using boiling water, or if you prefer, simmer it the traditional way. Made by Gao Jia Shan Tea Factory.