An intuitive expression of our pursuit of excellence in craftsmanship. One part Jingmai Mountain old-growth, pile-fermented leaf and the remaining half a two-to-one blend of Theasophie's 20 & 30 year-old shouchas. Nascent aged aroma of the original Xiangtu is deepened by the addition of the older material. Subtle ginseng notes display nicely throughout the liquor. For more about this tea, visit our Xiangtu page.
* Please note that shoucha benefits from a recuperation period, during which time the structure, flavor and fragrance will evolve into the profile intended by the maker. While this tea has recently been pressed, we are surprised by how well it is already brewing and are extremely pleased to offer it here.
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:
An old roof tile
fallen and mossy
in the thick grass