Sometimes I think live is to short to drink cheap tea. It doesn't apply to tea you just see. I found this beautiful "Tuo" in amazing shop here in Taiwan where it was stored for many years in relatively dry and very clean conditions. I took one as a sample. If it would suits to me I would get more for enjoying and possible long term aging.
My only bad impression was about partly eaten wrapper by bug. Always when I see this it reminds me my grandfather. If here was bug in some of his apples, he use to point on it and sad "the worms know what is the best, they would not chose bad or chemically treated apple". He was so right! This tea from Mengahi Tea Factory is also ~Certified Organic~ which puts another star on it's credit! Tea is untouched from bug. Usually they are only interested in paper since is made of rice.
So lets brake it:
Tuo smells as it should: Living Tea! Nice dry basement, mixed with nuts and even some red vine~like far distant feeling. Obviously for 16 years tea was aging with no hurry.
I want to give this tea full attention. Its strong. Its deep, sweet and long lasting with bitter tale. Each brew brings new tones, mostly impression of bitter woods and fresh green grapes, including seeds. After 3th brew bitterness vanishing a bit and new scale of tastes is opening.. fruitiness, flowers. Yes, this tea is old enough to be drunk now! there is bitterness but very pleasant one.. I enjoy every very sip!
|Morning Sun penetrates deep orange red tea|
It will be amazing to see it in 5, 10, another 16 years.. when I think of that time, 16 years ago was, at least for me, very different world.. No I phones, no money, no worries.. Ahh.. School! I didn't like that part.. (at 2000 I was 12 ) and absolutely no one had ever heard about Puerh. (in my surroundings) also for Puerh and tea in general it changed a lot.. a lot more production which as you probably know brings also a lot of devastation on many scales.. Nice is that so many people has access to nice tea and can be touch by this powerful plant..
|Reflection of mango tree on our garden|
I wish tea consumers are responsible, that they care about purity of their cup more than about its look or price.
But how do we know in such a business world? how do I know this is Organic tea?
My way is to use the tool which is always available. My own body. I personally trust and value more the feeling that tea bring, than the taste.. (of course bad taste and good feeling tea would be hard to find)
Body always says the truth.. If the tea suits to my body, its worth the price..
To this tea I dedicated my time fully. It was no boring for a moment and I know this tea is good deal that can bring enjoyment and good health for many many years.
That is the reason why there is few more on the way to my door ;)
Thanks for reading, Viktor