This tea came from Matai village, which is located in the Lincang area, Yunnan. This place is famous for its many old tea trees and perfect climate for growing high-quality tea. Due to a high altitude, the difference between day and night temperatures creates a special environment that promotes a rich harvest during the whole year. This area is also covered with rocks, which makes local soil rich with iron and other minerals. Locals call their tea Yunnan Rock Tea due to a special mineral nuance in the taste of the tea.
An outstanding tea that is made from tea leaves that are harvested from 350+ years old trees high in the mountains of the Matai village, Lincang area. Very gentle and sweet, one of the best teas I've ever tried. The highest quality raw leaf material and the traditional process of light oxidation, make this tea very tender and sugary. Traditional sun-drying gives this tea special taste nuances.
Firstly, check out how beautiful this tea leaf is. A very exquisite and homogeneous tea material with a lot of golden hair. Dry tea leaves smell very sweet and gentle with notes of brown sugar. The unbelievably tender fragrance makes me want to brew this tea more carefully and ceremonially. After keeping this tea in a warm teapot, the aroma starts to develop into notes of berry, caramel, and honey.
The rinsed tea leaves smell more intensely and even more sweet. Tones of dried fruits, honey, flowers, and the most interesting note I could link to this tea was bubble gum. The very complex fragrance makes you want to smell this tea after each step. Very deep and clear infusion of cognac colour.
The taste is sweet and tender at the same time. So unique and complex that it is hard to describe it. The tender, silky, and light infusion has notes of berry, baked sugar, vanilla, and whipped cream. Long-lasting aftertaste with fruity freshness.