Semi Wild White Peony 2014
Made by Mr. Fan, nickname Hunter. He accidentally discovered the mountain full of wild and abandoned tea trees in 2009 while hunting for wild boars that were wreaking havoc for local farmers.
The trees for this tea were planted in the 1970’s by tea farmers, but were since abandoned as people left the villages for coastal cities. This is a beautiful White Peony, consisting of one bud, two leaves, and will age beautifully. Mr. Fan makes his white teas traditionally - through all natural withering and sunlight drying, a slow, delicate process that takes around 48-60 hours. The process sounds simple, however requires painstaking care and attention. The leaves have to be picked early in the morning, carefully carried down the mountain in delicate bamboo baskets to ensure that the leaves stay as intact and without damage as possible. Fresh leaves are swiftly and carefully laid on bamboo mats, starting the process of withering. The leaves are first withered in the sun, carefully monitored for the moisture level. When the moisture level is at 40-50%, the leaves are moved to the indoors. Finally, when the moisture level reaches 10-20%, the leaves carefully and slow roasted over charcoal at low temperatures.
The tea is sweet, fresh and uplifting, notes of sweet soy milk. It will last for more than 10 infusions and can be boiled on the stove top at the end.