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Club selection of December 2018 - Long flavour notes and a tea with some serious power, we’re delighted to offer this bud heavy old tree He Kai Sheng Puerh. Carrying the famed ‘qi’ or energy force, the region is known for its large swaths of old and ancient tea trees which rest in complete harmony with other plants and herbs. Soil, root depth, and ideal climatic conditions and drainage all contribute to a clean and utterly beautiful raw material for this He Kai offering. The leaves from this region are known generally as the Menghai type, referring to the very large leaf type. Other regions like Jing Mai and Yiwu are home to noticeably smaller varieties which are gentler on the palate. Rich almost malty notes that last long in the mouth and finish sweetly, combine with some of the deep floral notes contributed to by that heavy bud content. Discover this He Kai Old Tree Sheng tea even further with Jeff.
Tasting Notes - One of our first old tree offerings in our subscription model, we picked this He Kai for its adherence to the principles of strength and layers. Clean notes that are deep with hints of malt, and some serious secondary waves of floral can be felt continuing to circulate within the mouth. With all of that round and deep power, the finish is an exquisitely clean one. He Kai’s and particularly the old or ancient tree offerings carry a beautifully clean strength so play with the infusion times and strengths. Successive infusions will really unveil this tea’s full ability and width. A beautiful example of a tea with both strength and clean layers that is ready for immediate consumption or for a little ageing. This tea will age beautifully and soften ever so softly with time.