- Tea Knowledge
A disc sawn from a greater log of tea, the Qian Liang Cha is more than just a curiousity; it is a team effort to prepare it for what lies ahead. While this one hasn’t seen much ageing, it is a portrayal of the raw, greener flavours of a compressed mao cha before it relinquishes itself into a deeper solitude (take the Qian Liang Cha from 2013 for instance). The initial aromas of roasted coffee beans, incense wood, and smoke meets a tart and slightly astringent liquor of ginger, green apple, and malt. Many interesting contrasts has one reaching back for the cup, as if to decipher all the faces of this tea and like the hands that went into its making - through its countless brews are ever-changing.
About the producer
We were approached by Huang Xiaofeng, who runs a small-scale tea company in Anhua, with a portfolio of quality heicha or dark teas from the alpine forests of the region. Their focus on local tradition and authentic techniques took our intrigue immediately that we decided to source a bunch of heichas to take on an exploration of a tea category lesser known to us. The raw materials are sourced from their 100-acre Laocong old tea garden, a biodynamic environment more than 700m deep in the mountains and far away from local villages and roads.