Black Tea, Today's Tea, 茶笔 Chá Bǐ - The Tea Pen

Níu Yā Shān Hóng Chá (Yě Shēng Gǔ Shù Chá), 牛丫山红茶(野生古树茶), Niuya Mountain Black Tea (Wild Old Tree Tea)

C. sinensis “unknown” wild arbor trees; Niuyasahan Green Tea Production Base, Daping Formation, Dakaitian Village, Damang Township, Majiang County, Guizhou Province, >1200m; Spring 2021, bud and 1-2 immature leaves, wild arbor tea treas, >100y.o; hand-picked, semi-manual black tea process. #TodaysTea, #今天的茶, #JīnTiāndeChá, #Tea, #茶, #Chá.

The dry leaves are largish, twisted, whole leaves with a dark brown colour, whilst the aroma hints of malt, dried dates, and malt biscuit, with a mildly pungent note. The wet leaves consist of brown to dark brown buds, leaves, twigs and stems which exude a slightly vegetal, pungent, spicy aroma, with hints of cinnamon.

3g of dry leaves were infused in 120ml of water for 20sec. @85deg. C., producing a brewed tea liquor that is a deep gold to ochre colour, with a faint, almost indiscernible florist shop aroma, followed by a latent sweet peach and candy scent left in the empty cup. In the mouth it is viscous and creamy, stimulating and fresh, and has a pleasantly mild astringency. The taste is suggestive of allspice, chrysanthemum, has a slightly vegetal the middle palate, a caramel sweetness, and a late cinnamon retronasal note.

This is a tea made from wild old arbor trees that are over 100 years old and has undergone some hand processing in its production. It is a very tasty and interesting tea, that speaks quietly and lingers on as a pleasant, soft minerality in the aftertaste long after decorating the empty cup with hints of ripe, sweet, golden fleshed peaches.