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Dancong: Taste of the North against taste of the South

Following recent discussions with tea friends on the Dancongs and their aging, I undug from my storage one of my old Dancongs, a little Ba Xian from 2015, the first tea bought from my friend who produced it in Lingtou. It was precisely while looking for this tea that I met my friend Zhang. It must be said that in Shanghai, finding Dancongs in a tea house is quite exceptional, so I had directly contacted various producers through Chinese social networks. I have a little soft spot for Ba Xian, one of those complex teas that have always amazed me, both the real Dancong and their clones exported to Taiwan. If I look back to my history with the Dancongs,...

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Yancha for Christmas?

Unable to go to China due to the sanitary situation, two weeks ago we asked some friends who are producers in the WuYi mountains to send us a set of samples of rock teas.We received the samples during the week. Let's start a comparative testing... a real sport game! Nine Yancha, nine Gaiwan, nine serving pot, eighteen cups, five infusions per gaiwan, or forty-five cups of tea per person in two hours ...We made a real sacrifice for the pleasure of your taste buds ... And we had enough to occupy the rainy afternoons.We need a few more days of reflection, some more specific tastings for one or other of the teas that we have chosen and from this weekend...

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The Zhang family

They are an old family from Lingtou, a village in the Phoenix Mountains, near Chaozhou in Guangdong, where one of the most aromatic wulongs in China is produced.This village, less known than Wudong, is the cradle of many mother tea plants. And the Zhang family is fortunate to be the guardian of some of these prestigious tea plants.Traditionally, true Wulong Dancong have the particularity of being harvested from a single tea plant and not of being a batch of leaves harvested in a plantation. The Zhang family continues this tradition and offers us the chance to have access to real Dancong.The son, thanks to his acquaintances all around the Phoenix mountains, helped us a lot to discover other gold nuggets...

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The Lü family

Nestled in the Cha Jia dwelling in the middle of the mountains surrounding Taiping Lake in the Yellow Mountains, the Lü family is producing tea for generations and is maintaining the tradition of sustainable agricultural methods.A few years ago, I met Laolü while searching for Hou Kui. Our second child was born and I was very concerned about the pesticides we were daily exposed to in China. He invited us to come and see by ourselves and explain their policy about chemicals. We even took part in the entire picking season in 2019.He met his wife at agricultural college in Huangshan city : she is out of a family of Qimen producers. This year, our Yellow Mountain teas will come...

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