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.
fig, dried apple
toasted pumpkin, walnut
fruit - fig, dried apple
savory - toasted pumpkin, walnut
spice - tulsi, cinnamon
floral - marigold, rose
Qianjiazhai Mt. Ailao
While the Li Family uses sun drying to bring out rich texture and spice in their sun dried black tea, they have recently started experimenting with a light roasting process, done entirely by hand over a special wood-fired wok. This brings out much sweeter flavors in the black tea. This Dragon Pearl is made with the Li Family's hand fired black tea, closer to a traditional Dian Hong than their Sun Dried Black tea, with savory notes of honey, walnut, fig and a warming hint of cinnamon and tulsi spice.
'While Mr. Zhou is a recognized teacher of tea craft (and 4th grade cursive) in Qianjiazhai, we had the privilige to actually meet one of his own teachers, a kind but formidable woman in her mid-nineties who has mastered two distinct techniques for making Qianjiazhai’s uniquely complex and nuanced black tea'
4 g.6-8 oz.use
208° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times add 10 sec. each infusion
5 g.6 ozuse 208° watersteep 6 seconds add 3 sec. per steepingenjoy many steepings