Verdant Tea

Crassicolumna Sheng

Crassicolumna Sheng

CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK

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
    75
    longan
    true
    55
    peppercorn, cinnamon
    true
    55
    graham
    true
    40
    butter lettuce

    Tasting Profile

    • fruit - longan
    • spice - peppercorn, cinnamon
    • savory - graham
    • vegetal - butter lettuce
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2017
    • Qianjiazhai Mt. Ailao
    • ELEVATION2000-2250m
    • Camellia CrassicolumnaTea Varietal

    This tea is picked from the early spring leaves and tender buds of the Camellia Crassicolumna tree, a close relative of the tea plant native to Qianjiazhai. Crassicolumna is naturally caffeine-free and high in antioxidants. The Dongsa Cooperative slowly sun-dries the tiny harvest of Crassicolumna sheng and finishes it like their tradtional sheng pu'er. Wild Crassicolumna is a rare and threatened species. This tea is sustainably harvested from cultivated trees grown from wild tree cuttings.


  • 'The flavor was much more savory with sweet miso notes, sesame, and grape leaf. As the tea steeped out over many steepings, we tasted wild clover and honey. When pushed for long steepings, the tea became more funky and tropical with sugarcane and the sort of sweet potato flavor you might get in Rum Agricole'

  • 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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