Da Qing Village Wild Purple Black Tea Cake from Spring 2017
Brand: Yunnan Sourcing Tea Shop
This is a wild "ye sheng" varietal tea growing in the area near Da Qing Village in Jinggu (Simao). Picked in Spring 2017 this tea was processed like black tea, but sun-dried in the final stage.
Ye Sheng "野生“ varietal aka "Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze var. assamica (J. Masters) Kitam." is a primeval varietal that pre-dates Camellia Sinensis var. Assamica and is a naturally occuring non hybridized varietal. It's potency in cha qi arises from it's unadulterated nature. It is naturally bug repellent, grows wild in the forests of Yunnan at an altitude of 1600-2200 meters.
An very lightly wilted and processed tea, the green in the leaves is still present and the tea soup is a golden yellow color. The brewed tea is fruity (like dried plums) with a spicy sweetness (like marshmallow), and a red wine throatiness.
Pressed into a cake to protect it from the elements for aging. This tea can be aged with good results or can be enjoyed now.
Wrapper is hand-stamped with four characters "万紫千红" (Ten Thousand Purple, Thousand Red).
200 grams per cake
April 2017 harvest