Verdant Tea

2019 Gu Hua Sheng Xiao Jin Gua

2019 Gu Hua Sheng Xiao Jin Gua

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
    70
    cedar, nutmeg, juniper
    true
    40
    violet, vanilla
    true
    55
    sweet cream, cashew, oak
    true
    60
    lime, plantain

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - cedar, nutmeg, juniper
    • floral - violet, vanilla
    • savory - sweet cream, cashew, oak
    • fruit - lime, plantain
    • DATE OF PICKING43678
    • Qianjiazhai Mt. Ailao
    • ELEVATION2140 m
    • Qianjiazhai AssamicaTea Varietal

    Master Zhou's Gu Hua harvest is a careful blend of maocha from trees aged between one hundred and three hundred years old, picked for a balanced and rich full body and aroma. Gu Hua is the very early autumn harvest prized for its rich flavor and intense aroma. These truly wild trees grow in one of the oldest and most remote tea forests in the world, on Mt. Ailao. Every leaf is hand picked and carefully sun-dried with minimal time on the wok for a more natural and pure flavor. The maocha is finished with careful stone-pressing in a custom 100g mold carved by Master Zhou. While much of Yunnan has experienced difficult rain and heat in recent years, the high elevation microclimate, and well-preserve forest of the Mt Ailao National Forest Preserve has granted Qianjiazhai spectacular growing seasons, making their new 2019 harvest a great choice for long term aging.


  • 'Three hundred to five hundred year old trees can yield only a kilogram or two at most, and are picked only once a year to encourage further growth for future generations. The flavor of trees at this age picks up more thick woody, foresty notes to balance the fruit and florals. The brewed liquor is more translucent and golden.'

  • 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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