Name of the product: 2020 “Wo Long” Gushu Raw Puer (Lit. hidden dragon)
Producer: Zhi De Hong Chang Tea Factory
Material: Old Arbor Tea trees located at an altitude of 1600-1900 m ASL
Weight: 357 grams
(2020 “Wo Long” Gushu Raw Puer)
Each tong has seven cakes and comes in traditional bamboo wrapping (a total of 2.5 kg per tong)
The factory that produces this tea is a local Yunnan boutique brand.
Also, the founder, Mr Zhang Guangyi, has been in the Puer tea industry for 20 years. He has continuously refined the quality of his teas during this time. And his efforts pay off because the result is top-quality tea.
About Mangang tea
There is a secret realm hidden in the mountains of Lincang, which is called Mangang. In the Dai language called 石头上的寨子 (Lit. the village on the stone), is located in Bangdong Township, Linxiang District, Lincang prefecture-level city. Here there are many primitive forests, and also there is a considerable amount of ancient tea trees. Moreover, Mangang Tea Area locates at an altitude of 1.400 to 1.900 meters.
Mangang is situated deep in the mountains. Many tea trees in Mangang grow in crevices of stones.
The picked tea leaves consist of one bud, two and three leaves.
The tea material comes from wild ancient tea trees about 300-500 years old, according to the producer that is. However, there is a tendency in the tea industry to add years to the age of tea trees for marketing purposes. So in some cases, it is hard to verify such claims. That said, this tea has Gushu material for sure, and you will feel it while drinking it.
The tea was sun-dried, stone pressed using traditional methods.
My brewing Parameters at the time of writing: 6.5g in a 100 ml Gaiwan. I brewed this one 17 times.
The tea is very stable throughout the infusions. It has low bitterness (unless you push it) and medium astringency.
As with any high-quality Gushu, it gets sweeter after each infusion ( after the 4th or 5th infusion up to the end).In addition, the low bitterness transforms very quickly into sweetness. The tea causes one to produce plenty of salivation at the sides of the tongue.
The mouthfeel is excellent, thick and also chewy. It gives that feeling of filling the mouth cavity.
The tea has a very intense flavour and cooling feeling in the mouth. It also has some buttery, flowery notes.
Many Lincang teas have these flower notes, named by locals Hua Mi Xiang 花蜜香 (lit. nectar fragrance).
The Cha Qi is strong on this tea, warming and stimulating but pleasant, not overwhelming.
This Shengpu, as its cooked sibling, has won Gold medals in different tea exhibitions.
Certified Organic by OTRDC China.