At the Chinese Tea Ceremony, all Teas tasted were spring Teas, picked 4/5 weeks ago. They were all very fresh.
Edgar Thoemmes, director of specialist Chinese Tea supplier Canton Tea Co., started by introducing the Ye Sheng Wild White Tea from the Fujin mountains. The Tea was very delicate, smooth, creamy and soft in taste. Edgar told us that this Tea comes from an abandoned farm that was once owned by the government. “The tea bushes were left to grow wild. Our producer recognised the potential in the farm, the natural tea bushes, the excellent terroir and particularly the yellowy, rocky soil – perfect for giving the tea a delicious mineral note. He bought up the estate and produced this great tea from the first, small harvest of all the tea bushes that had been left untouched, in a natural state for decades.”
This Tea was followed by a fresh Dragon Well, green Tea. The Tea was picked just before the rain and it is variety #43, which is a top grade and therefore it is quite expensive – 50g for £26. The Tea felt smooth, fresh and I could also taste a nutty flavour.
The third Tea we´ve tasted was the Mi Lan Dang Cong (Honey Orchid). This is an extraordinary Oolong Tea. “Dan Cong is the champagne of oolongs: ripe with intense fruit and sweetness. This high grade example comes from a plantation on the lower slopes of Wu Dong Mountain, Chao Zhou. The leaves are thoroughly fermented and baked to produce a rich liquor with unique flowery and honeyed notes that can be enjoyed through multiple infusions.” I found this to be an amazing Tea. I highly recommend it!
Last but not the least, the fantastic Bai Lin Gong Fu Black Tea. This is Tea is fully oxidised and it is quite robust. You get a long mellow after taste. I found it sweet, with no need to add milk or sugar! “This Bai Lin Gong Fu is made from young wild white tea buds, twisted into tight elegant gold-streaked curls. The liquor is reddish-brown and tastes naturally of caramel and cream so needs absolutely nothing added. This is a wonderful example of whole leaf black tea.”
This was a very good experience. All Teas were of great quality. You can get them online:
. Canton Tea Co. http://www.cantonteaco.com/
Have a great week, Mariana!