2021 Winter Smooth Water Baozhong
$13.50

Story

Note : This tea has been lightly refined by charcoal roasting in September 2022

This Smooth Water Baozhong is from Nangang, the birthplace of Taiwanese Baozhong. Around the turn of the 20th century, Baozhong was produced as a flower scented tea, exported to South Asia and Northern China. The Taiwan Tea Reform Institute challenged farmers to create a Baozhong with the floral scent that drinkers were looking for, but naturally, without adding any scenting agent. The two farmers who successfully produced that flavor were both growing tea in Nangang. Now, Nangang tea farmers are very proud of their tradition of producing excellent floral Baozhong.

The first time he and Shiuwen met, he opened with "I bet you've never tasted real Baozhong before". He's very proud of what he makes as it was passed down through his family, and he wanted to show what Nangang tea could do. Shiuwen, never wanting to lose out on an opportunity to learn, said "Oh, I must not have. I've only had Pinglin Baozhong, never Nangang. What's the difference, can we try some?" Of course he was excited to share his tea and his knowledge, so they whipped his Nangang Baozhong, some Pinglin Baozhong to compare, and some bowls. The take away was that after 20 minutes soaking in a tea bowl, this Nangang Baozhong maintained a beautifully smooth, soft texture without "breaking". So we call it Smooth Water!

Description

This tea has been lightly refined with the most delicate heat from the very last coals of my charcoal fire. It was originally harvested in Winter 2021, and had lost its brilliant freshness. So I decided to take it out to the roasting laboratory and see how I could change it into something else. The result is a very delicate, quiet and extremely sweet and comfortable Baozhong tea. 

The vibration of the coals in my roasting pit has chiseled away some of the grassy taste present in Baozhong, and lengthened the tea’s structure in the mouth and the body. The nose is not as bright as when it was freshly harvested, but the floral notes have matured beautifully and provide an extremely elegant experience.

A quiet, elegant and clean tea that shows off the soft side of charcoal fire.

Facts

  • Harvest Location : Nangang, Taiwan
  • Harvest Date : November, 2021
  • Roast Date : September 2022
  • Cultivar : Qingxin