2019 Essence of Tea 'Boundless' Ancient Tree

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  • “I’ve tasted dozens of spring 2019 shengs from choppy terrace tea to gushu from Mansong and Tongqighe and at $68 a 200g cake it easily gets my bang for the buck award of the year. Even competing...” Read full tasting note

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Although we bought other teas for the Tea Club and for our wholesale customers, we only pressed one cake this spring for sale on our website. Since there was just one, we had to make sure it was good!

Thankfully it didn’t disappoint – the weather was perfect this Spring. Small yields but concentrated and rich tea. We’d booked the entire harvest from this small garden of ancient trees, which nestle in the dip of two adjoining hillsides. Surrounded by forest and with a small stream running through, the abundance of nutrition and fertile natural environment is obvious everywhere in sight. This tea has been grown naturally, completely free from agrochemicals. We pressed this with a mix of leaf sizes in this tea for the complete range of flavours from this garden.

This tea displays the wisdom and stability that one would expect from an unblended production of very old trees. The tea liquid is stable & rich in the mouth. It’s concentrated and the aftertaste lingers for hours afterwards. The energy is grounding, slow and deeply penetrating.

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I’ve tasted dozens of spring 2019 shengs from choppy terrace tea to gushu from Mansong and Tongqighe and at $68 a 200g cake it easily gets my bang for the buck award of the year. Even competing against top tier teas I’ve had from Yiwu and menghai I’d put this somewhere in the middle performance wise. That’s against teas 2-3x the price. This stuff is olive oil thick and super mouth watering. Early steeps start herbal with notes of sage and thyme with a mango/coconut finish that reminds me of a Manzhuan tea only not nearly as sweet. Wet leaves smell of white pepper and lemongrass. Later steeps see vegetal notes taking over the herbal character and bitter orange peel replacing the mango. Now when a vendor sources single garden tea from an undisclosed prefecture I usually assume it’s Puer or Lincang. This tea has some traits of Jiancheng teas I’ve tried but not quite as evergreeny. The tea it reminds me most of is Long Tang (the first Jinggu sheng to impress me) from YS although a tad less fruity and sweet and definitely oilier. This goes over a dozen steeps even when pushed final steeps remind me of fruitcake. The qi is grounding and puts me in tune with my surroundings. It’s serene and not of the slaphappy variety I get from some border tea. This is awesome tea, especially for the price and I have little doubt that hip western vendors could get away with dressing it a wrapper adorned with copulating skeletons and a snarky name and sell it for twice the price…

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