Verdant Tea

2016 Harmony Xiao Jin Gua

2016 Harmony Xiao Jin Gua

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Sourced By the Dongsa Cooperative

The Qianjiazhai Dongsa Cooperative was established to be a steward to the oldest tea forest in the world, wild-foraging and hand-finishing every leaf using traditional craft.
  • true
    floral
    65
    plantain
    true
    fruit
    55
    pear
    true
    spice
    60
    redwood, aloeswood
    true
    floral
    45
    vanilla
    true
    vegetal
    25
    butter lettuce

    Tasting Profile

    • floral - plantain
    • fruit - pear
    • spice - redwood, aloeswood
    • floral - vanilla
    • vegetal - butter lettuce
    • DATE OF PICKINGApril 2016
    • Qianjiazhai Mt. Ailao
    • ELEVATION2140 m
    • Qianjiazhai AssamicaTea Varietal

    The Harmony Series is a brand-new project- a collaboration between Master Zhou and Verdant in selecting tea from a wide range of tree ages to get a cross section of the flavor, texture and aroma that defines Qianjiazhai. Master Zhou blends Gu Hua harvest picking from trees between one hundred and three hundred years of age with older five hundred to a thousand year trees to get the thick powerful flavor and juicy quality of the younger leaf, bolstered by the woody texture, tingling mouthfeel and cooling sensation of the older trees. The result is the first ever Harmony Series pressing, hand finished in Master Zhou’s favorite Xiao Jin Gua form for loose compression and maximum ageability. This tea is an incredible taste experience now, and promises to age like no other Qianjiazhai pressing before it.


  • 'However much moisture the tea wants to release, that is how much evaporates…. If you roast it at high temperatures, you are changing what it wants. The tea wants to hold on to a little moisture, but the [high] heat forces it out...'

  • 4
    6-8
    208
    20 seconds
    10
    5
    6
    208
    6 seconds
    3
    4
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    4 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 208° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times
    add 10 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    5 g.6 ozuse 208° watersteep 6 seconds
    add 3 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    4 g.12
    oz.
    use room temp.° water refrigerate overnight
    8 hours hours
    add ice & enjoy

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