2020 'POLYCRYSTAL' White Tea

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Imagine: millions of tiny cellulose fibres, strung together by circumstance into the appearance of furry white spears. Charged on pure high-octane nuclear sky radiation, plump on nutrients sucked from old soil and worms and dead things, before catching the all-seeing eye of our Corporate hunger to be stolen (deftly) and siloed away into this distilled, weaponised format.

We present to you a thousand refractions of shade and sunlight; ‘Polycrystal’, a ‘yueguangbai’ or ‘Moonlight White’ tea from Yunnan. A high proportion of buds gives a pointy-ended fragrance and mouthfeel, as well as a little bit of extra stimulant potency (the youngest leaves of the tea plant contain the most caffeine). Dried in the dark over a couple of days, leading to a subtle amount of oxidisation, as seen in the characteristic black leaves, and accompanying amber coloured liquor full of sweetness and punchy fragrance.

A high-end white tea that showcases the best qualities of Yunnan’s unique environment.

Please note that there is a small error on the back of the label; where the Chinese regulatory information is listed, the name was printed incorrectly as ‘Dark Red’ rather than ‘Polycrystal’.

Artwork by Sage Jenson. Pictures by Pingle Pictures.

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Gongfu!

Not sure if I’ve mentioned it yet, but I’m cat sitting for a coworker while I’m on vacation this week. Basically I’ve got to her house each day and just chilled with the cat for an hour or so. I’ve brought some teaware with me each day and had some Gongfu while I’m there – I like getting to take advantage of the new environment and places to snap photos.

I had this session on the first day. I think I went a bit heavy on the tea leaf because this was very, very strong. That said, I still enjoyed it a lot; the rich amber infusions were filled with saturated notes of osmanthus, brown sugar, & crunchy autumnal leaves. Some of the infusions also had undertones of molasses and heady floral top notes that felt differentiated from the osmanthus notes throughout the steeps. I think that, dialed back just a little bit, this tea sample could end up being a comforting “go to” for me!

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CQjBb_0g9TD/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTK4bdrytow&ab_channel=PeytonCardoza-Topic

ashmanra

My big challenge taking photos of a tea session is dog hair. Soooo many photos retaken or deleted because of white hair everywhere! Worth it a thousand times over!

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