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2023 Qianjiazhai Hand Fired Black

2023 Qianjiazhai Hand Fired Black

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Modern black tea craft meets
ancient wild tea trees
The Cooperative only recently mastered this classic Yunnan Black style, roasting their tea on a wok after sun-oxidizing for a deep flavor. Notes of redwood, currant, jasmine, and brown sugar.
Spring 2023 ♦ Mt. Ailao, Yunnan
Modern black tea craft meets
ancient wild tea trees
The Cooperative only recently mastered this classic Yunnan Black style, roasting their tea on a wok after sun-oxidizing for a deep flavor. Notes of redwood, currant, jasmine, and brown sugar.
Spring 2023 ♦ Mt. Ailao, Yunnan
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Crafted by the Dongsa Cooperative

True zero-intervention wild tea, foraged from ancient tea forests in one of the most remote tea growing regions in the world.
 
The Dongsa Cooperative was founded to promote responsible stewardship of these tea forests and pass on old-school pu’er hand-crafting techniques that yield incredibly complex tea.
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2023
    • QianjiazhaiMt. Ailao, Yunnan
    • ELEVATION2140 m
    • Qianjiazhai AssamicaTea Varietal

    The Dongsa cooperative wild-forages the leaves for their hand-fired black tea from trees well over one hundred years old, growing on the cool high elevation slopes of the Ailao National Forest Preserve. The biodiversity and well established root stock makes for deeply nuanced and complex tea, normally reserve for pressing and aging as sheng pu’er. This experimental offering is a new project by the cooperative to hand fire over low heat in a wok for a more classic Dian Hong style. The application of heat makes this more closely related to other Yunnan Black, and indeed it shares a rich sweet potato thickness similar to our Yunnan Golden Fleece, but with Qianjiazhai’s signature tulsi complexity and touches of citrus, and florals.

  • true
    80
    steamed bun, brown sugar
    true
    70
    currant, goji
    true
    80
    redwood, bamboo
    true
    75
    jasmine
    true
    velvety, rich

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - steamed bun, brown sugar
    • fruit - currant, goji
    • spice - redwood, bamboo
    • floral - jasmine
    • texture - velvety, rich

the Dongsa Cooperative also recommends:

  • '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
    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. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy

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