Format: Small eight-gram balls – Long Zhu (Dragon Balls)
Typ: Hong Cha – sun-dried “shai hong”
Origin: Nanmei, Lincang, Yunnan
Producer: Mr. Li
Plant: Old trees (gu shu)
Cultivar: Large leaf variety – Daye Zhong
Harvest: Spring 2021
The infusion releases a very interesting mixture of dryness and lightness. A slight bitter base opens an accumulated blaze of tastes. You can find there a very pleasant grape peel, dry apricot, green apple, plain molasses sweetness, and bitterness of the nut. All of that is closing a final delicate aroma resembling smoked prunes. The tea is well balanced and filled with an enjoyable layer of tannins.