I do not usually refer to tea suppliers. Still, for this tea, I will make an exception because I know the person who runs the business, and she also happens to be my teacher.
I am talking about Wild Tea Qi a tea company specialises in Yunnan teas and advocates for teas sourced from biodiversity forests. It sounds niche, but especially in Yunnan, there are tea farmers with wild tea trees, and Wild Tea Qi deals with them directly. Sometimes, they even make their own teas which I tried, and I will review later on.
This tea is unique because it is a baked green tea from Yunnan. As you know, Yunnan is well-known for pu-erh and black teas. Moonlight white tea is also a Yunnan speciality. But green tea is not very common. This tea comes from tea trees that are over 200 years old. Hence it qualifies for ‘gushu’ status. The elevation of the Wu Liang Mountain is around 1500-1800 meters. The recipe for this tea has been passed on generations, and it also makes this ecological tea very special.
I have tasted beautiful delicate floral and smoky notes with a slight vegetal edge. Very refreshing and energising. It is the ultimate tea for summer.
Harvest time: 2019
Leaf colour: Shades of dark green and brown
Liquor colour: Light, clear yellow
Tea aroma: Floral and smoky
Tea taste: Well-balanced and refreshing with a slight sweetness, floral and smoky notes
Steeping/brewing: I placed about 6 gr of tea in a teapot with 85 °C water. After rinsing the leaves, I steeped for 10 sec and did two more steepings by adding +3 sec more each time.
Shelf life: Two years