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.
buckwheat honey, malt chocolate
fruit - muscat grape
savory - buckwheat honey, malt chocolate
spice - fresh ginger
floral - jasmine, rosewood
DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2020
QianjiazhaiMt. Ailao, Yunnan
Camellia CrassicolumnaTea Varietal
The Li Family and other members of the Dongsa Cooperative sustainably forage from towering crassicolumna trees to harvest the early spring woody buds that make this brand new black tea. Camellia Crassicolumna (厚轴茶) is a wild near-relative of tea native to Qianjiazhai; because this plant currently a protected species. one of the cooperative's responsibilities is to protect these trees from poaching. The incredibly-sweet. flavor-packed buds are traditionally piled and allowed to oxidize fully in the Mt. Ailao sun without heat treatment, locking in the natural flavor and aroma of the region. Crassicolumna is naturally caffeine-free and rich in antioxidants.
'This tea is striking in its complexity and depth. The brew was deep amber, almost more similar to the color of Rou Gui Wuyi Oolong than to black tea. The flavor was packed with floral gardenia, sweet grapes and an aftertaste that reminded us of cotton candy. As we steeped it out we got lychee, candied rose, honey and pineapple skin'
5 g.6-8 oz.use 205° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times add 10 sec. each infusion
5 g.6 ozuse 205° watersteep 8 seconds add 4 sec. per steepingenjoy many steepings