When walking around the Wuyi region one of the first things you notice is the iron-rich, red soil that the trees absorb nutrients from. Teas in this region are known collectively as "Yan Cha" or "Rock Tea" and feature a mineral rich mouthfeel and flavor profiles ranging from stone fruit to high florals. Our friends the Zhou family found a grove of Qi Zhong, a regional heirloom, growing feral in the small village near their plantation in Tongmu. The processing is in the traditional "Bohea" style where the leaves are picked withered rolled and dried and delicately smoked over pine wood. The tea taste features heavy floral aromatics and a light delicate body, with a bright orange liquor. Notes of peach gummy candy, malted milk, and pumpkin.
Region: Tongmu, Fujian, China
Variety: Qi Zhong / Mixed Heritage (Cai Cha dominant)
Elevation: 1200 meters above sea level
Harvest Date: March 2019
Producer: Zhou Family
Brewing Recommendation: 5g tea | 340ml water | 205F | 2 minutes