Optimal pile fermentation requires a significant amount of material. This leaf was gathered throughout the spring, summer and autumn months from several Jingmai Mountain villages. Immaculate fermentation and subsequent storage have preserved leaf potency and resulted in an exceedingly smooth liquor. We knew from the first time we tried the loose material that this would be our tea!
Responds well to a variety of brewing styles and, with a little bit of skill, will even display nascent chenxiang - aged aroma, despite its youth. Daily drinker and a terrific foundation for tea practice.
The artwork on Xiangtu's wrapper is very special. It is a painting and poem by the Buddhist nun Ōtagaki Rengetsu created nearly one hundred and fifty years ago, reproduced here on fine Japanese gold-flecked paper. The original hangs in our Jinghong apartment. The poem, translated by John Walker:
We've put craftsmanship and artistry into this tea. Over a decade of drinking, producing and critically assessing shoucha informed its creation. The knowledge acquired through experience that shoucha practice is the cultivation of emptiness guided our choice of artwork. Rustic and refined, this tea embodies the life to which we aspire, an “aestheticism of primitive simplicity.” We're extremely pleased to present Xiangtu Jingmaishan ... from our hearts and hands to yours!