GROWER'S BREAKFAST BLACK | ZISUN QUN TI
Comfort black tea. A heartwarming, unpretentious brew with minimum astringency and a well rounded mouthfeel.
Tasting notes: trail mix, with notes of roast oats, raisins and brown sugar.
Cultivar: 群体种 (QunTiZhong), denotes heirloom tea plants, grown from seed. Local Changxing scholars believe the DNA of these tea bushes is as close as it gets to the tea plants that Lu Yu and friends enjoyed back in Tang. Ms. Zhang personally loves the flavour of the leaves from these old tea bushes; she reminds us, however, that it is much easier to achieve consistent results with tea leaves from newer cultivars, reproduced by cloning. With these old bushes, every small batch is a once in a lifetime experience.
Zhang Wen Hua is a longtime, generous friend. She's a treasury of information regarding tea and other Chinese fine arts; having done well in business, she has devoted the last decade and a half to a most beautiful farm that is located right between two mountains that are Natural Reserves. Having visited this farm many times, we've seen them covered in mist every single morning.
Zhang is a devoted scholar of old tea traditions, but she is unafraid to experiment and create new ones.
Interesting note: you may find this tea reminiscent of High Mountain Black, from our late friend Zhan Zhifang's family. It is no coincidence. We owe our friendship with Zhang Wenhua to Zhan Zhifang. They were old friends and exchanged much knowledge.
Sub-cultivar: Ying Shuang (迎霜 - coarsely translated as 'welcome the frost') is traditionally used to create bright, very fresh green tea, with mild yet very pleasant astringency. This is the first time we try this as a black tea, and we're most pleased.
TYPE Black Tea ORIGIN Changxing, Zhejiang, China GPS 31ºN 119.8ºE
- Tea: 4g
- Water: 120ml @ 100ºC
- Time: 35" (multiple steeps)
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