2022 Spring Da Xue Shan Wild Red Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Apricot, Banana, Beer, Black Currant, Bread, Cherry, Cream, Dates, Floral, Grapes, Hay, Herbaceous, Honey, Malt, Mango, Mineral, Osmanthus, Raspberry, Spices, Strawberry, Syrupy, Wood, Allspice, Chocolate, Fruity, Ginseng, Herbal, Hops, Licorice Root, Mint, Nutmeg, Oily, Orange Zest, Passion Fruit, Plum, Soft, Sweet, Tropical, Winter Honey, Cinnamon, Herbs, Rich, Wheat, Yeast
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 g 7 oz / 210 ml

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  • “Thanks to Derk for sending me this tea! The cat pee description kind of turned me off, but the rest of the notes made me curious. I steeped 6 g of leaf in a 120 ml porcelain pot using 195F water...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Upfront and penetrating aromas (osmanthus!!) and tastes. Bright and deep, fruity and sweet, fluid and full, smooth, almost sticky but leaning more soft and oily. I don’t know how to say this...” Read full tasting note
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From The Essence of Tea

This is the Spring 2022 version of the tea we’ve been stocking for the past few years.

I think this is one of the best Yunnan hongcha’s we’ve stocked so far. The trees are wild and old and the environment is very pure. The processing has been clean and the resulting tea is pure and thick with good body and a bit of a punch.

I’m very happy to offer this tea for tea lovers in the west – it goes a long way to highlighting many of the qualities I think are very special in wild tea.

(Minimum 25g sample size)

Note: This is not standard Camellia Sinensis vs Assamica, but from wild tea tree varietals that grow in the forest

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Thanks to Derk for sending me this tea! The cat pee description kind of turned me off, but the rest of the notes made me curious. I steeped 6 g of leaf in a 120 ml porcelain pot using 195F water for 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds, plus some long, uncounted steeps.

The dry leaf aroma is of grapes, mango, black cherry, malt, and, um, blackcurrant. The first steeps have syrupy notes of grapes, dates, raspberry, apricot, mango, blackcurrant, florals (let’s say osmanthus, though I’m still not 100% on identifying that), hay, cream, and malt. It tastes like fruit leather in the best possible way. Along with the fruit, I get bread, honey, herbs, and spices in the next couple steeps. Steeps five and six have a strawberry/banana/apricot/currant fruitiness balanced by the bready, herbaceous, floral, honey, beer-like qualities. The next few steeps are still fruity, but the honey, bread, yeast, hay, and herbs are more prominent. Later steeps feature jammy berries, florals, malt, minerals, wood, and slight tannins.

Despite its occasional funkiness, this is a lovely, complex tea with great longevity, basically no astringency, and lots of fruit. I wish I’d started with longer steeps to bring that out a bit more. I may not be quite as enthusiastic about it as Derk is, but I’d highly recommend this tea.

Flavors: Apricot, Banana, Beer, Black Currant, Bread, Cherry, Cream, Dates, Floral, Grapes, Hay, Herbaceous, Honey, Malt, Mango, Mineral, Osmanthus, Raspberry, Spices, Strawberry, Syrupy, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Upfront and penetrating aromas (osmanthus!!) and tastes. Bright and deep, fruity and sweet, fluid and full, smooth, almost sticky but leaning more soft and oily. I don’t know how to say this without turning people away, but it has a strong cat pee character. Reframe that as black currant, ginseng and hops and you’ll be in love. Throw in strawberry, grapes, mango, apricot, banana and dates and I guarantee you won’t turn your nose up at it. There’s probably some tropical fruit out there that embodies this melange. Turns more honeyed plum and passion fruit with forgotten steeps. Long, cooling finish and savory-fruity osmanthus aftertaste with spice notes. Also, it’s very easy to brew and long-lasting. I know a lot of people brew leaf only once but if you do that with this tea, I will weep at your folly. This is what it sounds like when a derk cries.

Now a word about the energy. This is powerful stuff. It knocked my socks off, unscrewed my head, screwed it back on straight and had me FLYING. Intensely uplifting, beautifully intimidating. I’m scared to try this gongfu with more leaf.

Highly recommended for anybody that can appreciate the, um, black currant character.

Album pairing: AIR — Moon Safari

Flavors: Allspice, Apricot, Banana, Black Currant, Bread, Chocolate, Dates, Fruity, Ginseng, Grapes, Herbal, Hops, Licorice Root, Mango, Mineral, Mint, Nutmeg, Oily, Orange Zest, Osmanthus, Passion Fruit, Plum, Soft, Sweet, Tropical, Winter Honey

Preparation
3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
gmathis

That may make me chuckle all day!

mrmopar

I need to try this one. I have a sample tucked away. Maybe anniversary week in the mountains of NC near Traphill.

TeaEarleGreyHot

Oh yum!,
Absolutely, I must get my paws on some of this cat pee tea! Pardon my litterbox humor, ha!

derk

I would be happy to send you some, TeaEarleGreyHot. Send me a PM if you’d like. Essence of Tea has so many good teas that I do suggest an order, especially for you as a lover of pu’er.

derk

Today I brewed a cup for a coworker who drinks coffee but not tea. He said the tea was ‘doing things inside of me, hitting many systems at once. It’s filling my whole body. It is sticking with me." He’s sensitive to these feelings. I could sense the energy moving within him, and while he seemed overwhelmed by it, he kept commenting on how good it made him feel.

ashmanra

That’s impressive!

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