This 2019 tablet is crafted with Meng Song, old tree tea leaves.
This is: a modern style young Pu Er, with the depth and uplifting energy of old tree teas but the lightness and sweetness that appeals to a young generation in China.
This is not: an old school Pu Er, with notes of camphor and Chinese medicine.
It is conveniently pressed, with ’slices’ that make it easy to break the right portion for a 100ml - 120ml gaiwan.
Here's a look at what to expect while drinking this tea:
1st Steep: the first impression on the nose is similar to that of spring conifer tips; it has the lemony feel of fir tips and the freshness of cedar sap. The infusion is light yellow.
2nd Steep: this infusion has the colour of clover honey; it is richer, with notes of pine resin (in a pleasant way). Light astringency.
3rd Steep: notes of cedar wood become stronger; it is mouth-watering, and there is 'gan'.Bitterness followed by sweetness. After a few seconds, while breathing, a floral aftertaste appears.
4th Steep: minerality; alkaline notes overlay with the cedar wood aromas.
5th Steep: a new variety of forest notes pops out; this time, it is moss & lichen. After swallowing, there is a honey mouthfeel.
8th Steep: the tea is starting to lighten up, but still has a long way to go.The flavour of the tea has accumulated in the palate, leaving a very pleasant sensation.
ABOUT DC TEA (巅茶) & LU ZHI MING
Mr. Lu Zhi Ming is the founder and leader at DC Tea, Guangzhou and Menghai. He spends over six months per year in Yunnan, developing close relationships with the farmers in remote mountain villages. He personally sources all of the tea leaves for DC Tea. (ie, harvests and pan-fires) Some of the most select batches are handcrafted by Mr. Ming. DC has won multiple awards all over China and Mr. Ming has one of the best-trained palates we've ever encountered.