'70s Tibetan tea - Jinjian 金尖
In June '22 we visited one of our favorite places in China: Ya'an, in central Sichuan, the door between the ancient reigns of China and Tibet, the last flourishing valley where high quality tea was produced and prepared for the transportation through the Himalayan passes, until the Tibetan lamas and royal court.
This Zangcha, Tibetan tea, is a Jinjian 金尖 grade, that means produced with high quality raw materials, originally for the pleasure of lamas and nobles. It was packed in cowhide, well preserved for over 40 years until present, to be flavoured in our gaiwan and teapots.
It is a dark tea, heicha 黑茶 in Chinese, with a clear liquor and soft, nuancing notes; botanic, sweet, liquorice, balsamic wood and camphor delicately surround the mouth.
Origin: Ya'an city, Sichuan province
Format: 25 or 50 gr. open brick samples
Storage: the leaves can be stored in their original package or in ceramic vases. Avoid heat, light, and moisture.
Besides the typical gongfucha brewing way, we advice to try boil this leaves: to do so put the 1gr. of leaves every 50-80ml of water and bring it to boiling temperature; after boiled turn off the kettle or the fire, cover the lid and wait five minutes before serving.
it will be ready and sweeter than you might imagine, and your room will be full of Sichuanese fragrances.
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 30-45 second brew. Increase with each successive brew as needed.
Water temperature: 100° C
Number of brews: 10-12
Quantity: 1 gr. of tea every 100 ml of water
Brewing time: 3-5 minutes
Water temperature: 100° C
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Ya'an 雅安 Dark Tibetan Tea
The ancient trading route to Tibet
Ya 雅 means "elegance", An 安 means peace: these two characters of its name well represents Ya'an, an ancient town surrounded by verdant and steep mountain between the eastern flatlands and the western Tibetan plateau.
Here, tea has been grown for two millennia, and it has been a supplier for the royal courts of China and Tibet for over 1000 years.
We propose a selection of two dark tea, Heicha 黑茶, produced locally following the ancient Tibetan taste driven by lamas and nobles.
Cowhide and original seals
The top two grades of this tea are called Kāngzhuān 康砖 and Jīnjiān 金尖, both based on high quality raw material.
This dark tea is traditionally preserved in 30 Kilograms packages wrapped in cowhide, that in ancient times assured the best protection along the arduous route to Tibet, on the back of horses and yak, and intended for many years of ageing.
Our trusted supplier and collector has a wide archive of the original seals used in the last 70 years: it is the only way to guarantee the authenticity of the older teas, bought in auction at high prices.
Although the appearance appears simple and primitive, it achieved great quality and value: at auction an intact package (about 30KG) value varies from 50,000 to 500,000 RMB.
Really unexpected balsamic and camphor aftertaste!
It's my first old, very old to me, zangcha and it's so sweet und a touch of different spices. I recommend the other advice of brewing, which is written in the description.