My Life as A Tea Leaf

Monday, July 10, 2006

It is good to be back home! One can only stomach so many "saya tak tahu"s in a land where most people speak a splatter of broken English, mandarin, Chinese dialects and mostly will greatly improve the country's economy if English is the operating language...enough said. The most fulfilling outcome from this trip, other than business, is the trips to the teashops. Among the great finds I uncovered are two teas:
One is the Mizhuan cha (Red Tea Brick) from Hubei Zhao-Li Qiao factory. It is compressed using broken red tea leaves, fannings and tea dust, with a small amount of floral tea. The compressed slab itself is a work of art. From what I know there are 3 designs, one that is shown, one with a train engine, and one with a phoenix and Twinning logo head (difficult to find these days).

The second is a small 250g bingcha from 2004 pressed by a then unknown factory, using singular wild grown plantation leaves from Lincang region. The tea was exquisite, its flavour quite awesome to cover the other teas which I tried following this tea. It was quite interesting to note how the Menghai tea factory's offerings (4 different Banzhang singular plantation leaves) paled against this one.


Blogger davelcorp said...

Nice to see your blog, I hope you continue to post more entries. Would you mind telling me the name of the factory for the bing? It is quite impressive looking.

5:36 PM  
Blogger 凱聞 said...

Hi davelcorp!

Thank you so much for the samples you sent recently!
Sorry I forgot to reply you earlier. I remember the samples from Stephane you sent...thanks.
Unfortunately I can't tell you the name of the factory who pressed the cakes, as there is no name on the wrapper or on the neifei.
It was pressed in 2004, and it was said the company is called Chen tai, but I have no exact info on this and still finding ways to verify it...

7:33 PM  
Blogger Dahl said...

I think I have one of these Mizhuan cha bricks. . . an oddity that's been lying around the house for years--no one knew it was tea. How rare are they? How old? Of any considerable value? Mine is a pale reddish color, not dark like this one, but the design is exactly the same.

3:35 PM  

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