Another hidden gem from Yunnan Sourcing. The tea is picked at altitudes of around 2300 feet in a nationally-protected forest, bordering the groves of the much sought-after Bohetang (but they make no claims that it is actually Bohetang). A premium organic quality tea since no pesticides are allowed in nationally-protected forests.
The leaves are individually fermented so you don’t get the fragmentation that you see in “wet pile” fermented shu, Then, using the services of a skilled origami master, each intact leaf is cleverly folded into a mini-tuo shape. This results in tuos that weigh between 5.2 and 6.4 grams since the size of each leaf varies.
But what about the taste? If brewed Western style as you might see in a dim sum restaurant, you get a light bitterness, slight bamboo note, distinct minerality and very pleasant lipfeel. If brewed gong fu style in a yixing pot, the tea starts off with notes of petrichor, evolves into a damp hardwood forest floor with hints of black chanterelle mushrooms, before tapering off to a delicate camphor and orchid.
Flavors: Forest Floor, Mushrooms, petrichor