Ailaoshan ST Red 2020 A
China, Yunnan, Xinping Yi and Dai Autonomous County, Ailaoshan
1000+ year old Big Leaf (Gushu)
Red, Loose leaf
2020 A, Spring
Here at Spiritwood, our aim has always been to bring you tea from the world's happiest tea trees. We believe that nothing compares to the experience of drinking the tea of big, old growth trees. The taste is pure, but more importantly, nothing can soothe and rejuvenate the mind and body like real, wild gushu. This tea is our biggest inspiration, and if we could just share one tea with the world, this would be it.
The ancient tree this tea came from lives on the high, remote mountain Ailoashan. All of our single-tree puers are from different trees in the same area, and the tea from each tree has it's own unique taste. The leaves are only harvested once a year, in spring.
This hong cha has a lot in common with its single-tree siblings: Ailaoshan ST Puer and Ailaoshan ST White. Very mellow and flexible in its steeping parameters. Please note that unlike with puer tea, I recommend using just 5g of hong cha in your gaiwan. The 70% oxidation adds some sweetness, but underneath are the weird, wild gushu tastes that are unique to this tree. Usually the different trees fall under a "floral" or "woody" flavor profile. This one I'd say is a little on the woody side, though very fragrant still. Mouth/ throat coating and aftertaste are long lasting. Dry leaves smell is very fruity. I will update these tasting notes for each new version (tree) as they get replaced. This current version is 2020 A.
5g/ 100°C/ 100mL
Start with 5-10s steeps