Old Bush Mei Zhan 老枞梅占

Mei Zhan 梅占 is one of the classic Min Nan (south-Fujian Province) Oolongs, produced in Anxi County which is famous for Tie Guan Yin oolong tea. Min Nan (or south of Fujian) produces many classic oolongs which are rarely available even within China.   

We are so pleased to add this special Mei Zhan oolongs to our existing oolongs range. This tea is from old-growth trees ranging from 50 - 60 years old in an abandoned plantation. This tea garden has been deserted for many years and surrounded by other trees and shrubs providing natural forest ecosystem allow the tea bushes very slow and develop deep roots and make a deep and rich flavour.

The tea is fully hand-processed in traditional way by Mr. Chen who is a highly-awarded tea expert. Each step of process of this tea has been taken considerable care and then slowly wood-charcoal baked over several months to stabilise its flavour. This Mei Zhan is excellent for drinking now or ageing.

ORIGIN: Anxi County, south-Fujian Province

HARVEST TIME AND PROCESS: one bud and 3 leaves are harvested in middle of April 2020. Fully hand-processed with medium level of oxidisation and finalised by slow wood-charcoal baking.

TASTING NOTES:

The bright, clear and golden liquor gives rich floral aroma and mineral notes with satisfying comforting essence. The taste is soft and smooth with initial sweetness on the tip of the tongue. The overall flavour is very well balanced as the liquor runs over the palate to a long silky finish.   

BREWING TIPS

Normal Approach:

Boiling water | 2 – 3g leave for 350ml | infuse for about 2-3 mins | refill as needed

Gong Fu Approach:

Water temperature: boiling water

Tea leaves to water ratio: 5g for 120ml

Warm all the tea vessels

1st infuse for 20 secs

2nd – 3rd infuse for about 15 secs

4th – 6th infuse for about 30 secs

7th - 8th infuse for about 1 mins