Verdant Tea

2020 Gu Hua Sheng

2020 Gu Hua Sheng

Sourced By the Dongsa Cooperative

The Qianjiazhai Dongsa Cooperative was established to be a steward to the oldest tea forest in the world, finishing every leaf using hand processing and stone-pressing techniques.
  • true
    50
    Radish, tulsi
    true
    65
    Marigold, violet
    true
    70
    Nutmeg, sandalwood, minerality
    true
    45
    apricot

    Tasting Profile

    • vegetal - Radish, tulsi
    • floral - Marigold, violet
    • spice - Nutmeg, sandalwood, minerality
    • fruit - apricot
    • DATE OF PICKINGAugust 2020
    • 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 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. In addition to 100g cakes, the cooperative has also pressed larger 250g "xiao jin gua" forms this year.


  • 'This year, Master Zhou introduced us to another beautiful ancient tea tree with its own unique micro climate and distinctive flavor and aroma. The tree can be found at 24°16’13.6″N 101°12’19.6″E, at just over 2000 meters. The cooperative was kind enough to set aside the entire harvest of 2016 for us'

  • 4
    6-8
    205
    30 seconds
    15-30
    4
    6
    205
    10 seconds
    10-30
    4
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    4 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 205° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times
    add 15-30 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    4 g.6 ozuse 205° watersteep 10 seconds
    add 10-30 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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