This great tea comes from one of the oldest dark tea manufacturers in China, called Chang Sheng Chan, located in the Yichang area, Hubei province. This highly respected factory has existed since 1378 and produces dark tea according to its original recipe. The company has a lot of product patents and awards in both domestic and international fairs. In the production of this particular tea, they use high-quality tea leaves harvested high in the mountains. Tea undergoes a long fermentation process, consisting of 77 refining processes, using mountain spring water. All of this is happening under the guidance of an experienced tea master. The result is a first-class tea, which can be considered one of the most classical dark tea representatives. Being hard-pressed, this tea has huge ageing potential.
Thanks to almost 20 years of ageing, this tea has developed into a semi-aged tea with a pleasant taste and lots of health benefits. The tea leaves have a sweet and woody aroma with notes of baked fruits and forest berries. The taste is clear and deep, with sweet woody notes and a light mineral aftertaste. The texture of the infusion is quite oily, and the colour of the liquor is dark amber. The tea has no bitterness and astringency whatsoever, which is usually present in similar types of tea.
This tea goes well with light savoury dishes such as mushrooms, potato-based combinations, cauliflower, steamed dumplings, seafood, and something that is not heavily seasoned, therefore, leaving some space for the tea to express itself within the landscape of flavours.