Pinglin Natural Farming Da Man Black Tea
Taiwan SourcingThis wonderful plantation was half abandoned by its original owner, and was fortunately discovered by our friend, Mr. Liao. Mr. Liao is a young farmer who has been working in the Pinglin area for years. Under his care, this plantation has succesfully transformed into a land of nature and purity, nuturing the ancient varietal we have sought for so long— the Da Man varietal.
We had this varietal displayed in our 2017 harvest, but at that time Taiwan Sourcing did not yet focus on material that was managed without pesticides or herbicides. After 2017, as we transformed ourselves from a tea sourcer to a tea producer, a clean plantation that grows this particular Da Man varietal became one of our main targets for the goal of varietal preservation. Unfortunately, as the market has maintained its high demand for varietals with a strong aromatic profile such as Qing Xin Oolong and Jin Xuan, ancient varietals which have deeply robust character were all but abandoned to cater to tea competetion judges' preferences for an instant aroma. This varietal is one of such ancient varietals.
Known for its unique "pear" profile among tea lovers, this varietal displayed that strong pear aroma during processing from beginning to end, and then to the teapot on the table. We suspect this exclusive character was probably constructed by the particularly substantial "epicutical wax" on the surface of the tea leaves, giving it a sweet profile no other varietal can deliver. Its deep ancient character also is a great foundation for Taiwan Sourcing's withering and fermentation technique, making this tea deliver a long lasting experience in one's throat and mind.
This is the black tea processing of a material which results in a full body for this ancient varietal. Black Tea processing is relatively simple compared to the long and intricate steps of making oolong teas, however it still requires a great deal of attention as its withering stage is much more prolonged than oolong. We specifically applied the rolling and withering process that will work best with this varietal to reach the balance between material activity and smooth fermentation. The result is a fruity, tropical landscape that flows beautifully in your cup.
We had a video created with Simon's narration displaying a look at this special varietal on site in Pinglin. Please click below if you want to find out more.
Harvest Season: See Options / 見選項
Varietal: Da Man Varietal / 大慢種
Elevation: 550 M / 伍佰伍拾 公尺
Region: Pinglin District / 坪林區
Fermentation Level: 80% / 分之 捌拾
Roast Level: See Options / 見選項
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