Guanzizai 观自在 - Pu'er Tea Blend
The three characters that compose the name of this unique pu'er tea cake can be seen through two predominant meanings: in one of the first words of the Heart Sutra (心经 Xīnjīng), a condensed Buddhist canon, the characters Guānzìzài 观自在 identify the Bodhisattva of Mercy, also known in popular Chinese culture as Guānyīn 观音.
However, at a deeper and more literal glance, the three characters acquire a new definition full of hidden references to the art of savoring tea: observing one's own inner self.
To understand the real complexity of this cake, one must fully concentrate on the present moment, listening to the respective notes of three different mountains that merge into a single harmonious melody:
- Mangfei 忙肺, from Lincang area: as if walking through Yunnan in a deep mist, the first mountain that we can see after drinking this blend is Mangfei, recognized by its surprising sweetness. Its smooth taste is still present in the aftertaste, embracing all senses with a mellow aftertaste of nectar and wild flowers.
- Mannuo 曼糯, from Xishuangbanna: the body and structure of this blend, it gives a thick and fruity brew, and a delicate tannic taste, that is bound to soften through the aging process.
- finally, Zhenkang 镇康, from Lincang area: is the element that ties all three mountains together, with its vegetal hues and oily mouthfeel, which leaves us yearning for never-ending multiple brews.
All the raw material have been sourced and selected by Eastern Leaves.
The blending process was curated by Marco di Ubaldo.
Pressed in Xishuangbanna on April 20th 2021 by Eastern Leaves.
Origin: Lincang and Xishuangbanna areas, Yunnan province
Flush: Autumn 2020
Storage: the leaves can be stored in their original package or in ceramic vases. Avoid heat, light, and moisture.
Quantity: 1 gr. of tea every 30 ml of water
Rinse: before starting the infusion, rinse the leaves with a very fast washing in order to let them rehydrate and release a more intense brew. Gently cover the leaves with boiling water and pour it after a few seconds.
Brewing time: Begin with a 10-15 second brew. Increase with each successive brew as needed.
Water temperature: 100° C
Number of brews: 12-15
Quantity: 1 gr. of tea every 100 ml of water
Brewing time: 2-3 minutes
Water temperature: 100° C
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Dear Franco, thank you very much for review: behind this tea there was a lot of work of sourcing and testing, and we hope it can provide you even better brews season after season, with its ageing :-)
Very interesting blend, assembling different terroirs with peculiar profiles. A must have in my stash
Hi Pier, we are happy you liked Guanzizai: it greatly encourages us through a new season of further research in taste, and we will look forward to hear about your feeling