Verdant Tea

2019 Qianjiazhai Tea Flower Sheng

2019 Qianjiazhai Tea Flower Sheng

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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
    60
    brown sugar
    true
    85
    ginger, sparkling minerality, cedar
    true
    75
    honey, osmanthus
    true
    40
    dried apple

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - brown sugar
    • spice - ginger, sparkling minerality, cedar
    • floral - honey, osmanthus
    • fruit - dried apple
    • DATE OF PICKINGApril 2019
    • Qianjiazhai Mt. Ailao
    • ELEVATION2000-2250m
    • Qianjiazhai AssamicaTea Varietal

    For a few extraordinary weeks at the beginning of autumn, every wild tea tree in Qianjiazhai puts out deeply aromatic golden blossoms. In recent years the Dongsa Cooperative, led by Master Zhou, has experimented with picking small amounts of the rich evocative tea flowers to blend with their wild-picked ancient-tree teas. Craft and terroir have come together beautifully for this 2019 early autumn harvest from Qianjiazhai's wild tea trees, picked at the same time as the iconic tea flowers are blooming. The Dongsa Cooperative wild-forages buds and tender leaves from tea trees between one hundred and three hundred years of age for this loose sheng pu'er blend. Every hand-picked leaf is withered and sun-dried in bamboo baskets, with little or no heat exposure to lock in the most wild and natural flavor of one of the most remote growing regions in the world. The tea flowers bring out textural depth and even sweeter undertones in this already sweet and supremely drinkable young sheng.


  • 'Within Qianjiazhai, there is little to no cultivated tea. Members of the Zhenyuan Dongsa cooperative forage from wild tea trees that have been growing for generations, scattered across the mountainsides. They have rights to sustainable foraging because they can trace back their family in the region to generations before the land was set aside as a protected forest preserve.'

  • 5
    6-8
    205
    20 seconds
    10
    5
    6
    205
    8 seconds
    4
    5
    12
    205
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    5 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 205° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times
    add 10 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    5 g.6 ozuse 205° watersteep 8 seconds
    add 4 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

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

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