2013 Cha Yu Lin "Hua Mei" Hunan Tian Jian Tea

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Boiling 1 min, 15 sec 5 g 8 oz / 236 ml

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This lovely Tian Jian tea is name after the Chinese Hwamei bird which is endemic to the An Hua area of Hunan. The tea itself is a spring 2013 harvest Tian Jian that has been aged in 30 kilogram baskets in An Hua since 2013.

This is a classic Tian Jian with notes of smoky peat, fruit, and chocolate. The taste is full-bodied and sweet. A very nice and affordable aged Tian Jian!

Cha Yu Lin is a small An Hua producer that works with tea growers and small village cooperatives to produce unique small batch Hei Cha. They’ve been producing An Hua teas since 2004!

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2013 Cha Yu Lin “Hua Mei” Hunan Tian Jian Tea. I have no idea what the name means, but I can attest that this is a dark tea. Both the leaf, which is rather stemmy, and the soup, which was clear and oak-brown in color. I’ve never tasted smoked peat, so I don’t know if I can concur with that part of the YS description, but I sure don’t get fruit or chocolate. Instead, the first impression in my initial three steeps was of seaweed, reminiscent of nori used to wrap sushi. Both in aroma and flavor. No compost or fishy notes, but definitely a taste of the ocean! No astringency or bitterness or undesirable notes, but nothing really appealing either. A longer 4th steep smelled faintly of dirty socks and both color and flavor were petering out. Not complex at all. No lingering flavor either. Someone put in the listing that this is a pu’erh? Okay….

Flavors: Seaweed

Boiling 1 min, 15 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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