Spring 2017 Jingmai "Midas Touch" Sheng / Raw Puerh from Crimson Lotus Tea
The old growth tea forests of Jingmai ( pronounced 'jing my' ) are nothing short of idyllic. These ancient forests border Burma and hide smuggler trade routes still in use today. The biodiversity of the region and the nearly untainted old world methods and rituals of tea cultivation and harvesting make this area unique among world tea production. Large tea trees planted before Columbus discovered the Americas are commonplace.
This blend is single region pure Jingmai big tree material. In Jingmai they refer to trees in terms of size rather than age. They have 3 main sizes of trees that fall into their big tree category. This is a blend of all three.
We named this tea Midas Touch because of the processing skill used to create this tea has turned the leaf into gold. This tea is strong despite the young age. The aroma is thick with floral notes and hints of honey sweetness. The thick body produces saliva with some astringency and minimal bitterness. The flavor is smooth and slightly vegetal. This tea brews both gentle and strong at the same time. It is very energetic with a long aftertaste. It can surprise you. Stick this on a shelf for 10 years and you will have a truly amazing tea!
- Prefecture: Simao
- Elevation: 1300+ m
- Wood Fired
- Hand Rolled
- Indoor Sun Dried
- Hand Blended
Each tong is bamboo wrapped by hand and contains five 200g cakes.
Video Tour of Jingmai
Use 5-10 grams of leaves and brew with 75-150ml ( 2.5-5oz ) of water at or near boiling. Rinse once for a few seconds. Start with quick steeps under 10s. With each re-steep adjust the steep time to your taste.
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