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Club selection of April 2017 - This is one of what we call a ‘Gentle Offering’. One of the mildest of all of our of teas, the Zhu Ling Shou floral tea is made even softer with the ripening process, or what is called pile-fermentation. Raw sun-dried tea leaves are piled, sprayed with water and monitored over a course of time ranging from a few days to over a month. With the addition of bacteria and microbes, the tea gets those characteristic ‘ripe’ dark earth tones and flavours. More information on the fermentation process (that makes a Ripe ‘Shou’ out of a Raw ‘Sheng’) will appear here.
Tasting Notes - Naturally light and floral, Zhu Ling (Nannuo Mountain) teas are not known for as much pungency or astringency as other Puerhs. Freshly made Shou Puerh can have a strong scent, without necessarily being strong in flavor. Some factories air the freshly made Shou leaves out. This present offering has a light honey flavor along with some hints of forest floor and nut. One flavor within a Shou Puerh that should not ever be present is sourness. Sourness occurs when there is insufficient fermentation time or when the temperature in the fermentation room is too low.
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