地點：新大班樓，中環威靈頓街198號The Wellington 3樓
冰島老寨最高樹 2018 357g 青餅
冰島老寨中高樹 2018 200g 青餅
保山3200年古樹茶王 2019 357g 青餅
保山3200年古樹茶王 1985 1000g 青餅
Hegemony of Two Crus
Do you know that there are appellation laws in China to define ancient arbor tea tree ? In China, tea from tree under 300 years old can put wordings of old tree on the label. Only tea harvest from 300 years old up can be regarded as ancient arbor.
My first experience with Ancient Arbor tea is in 2007 when I visited Fo Shan. In an old tea house, the owner introduced me “Purple Shoot” Puer tea. It was just RMB 300 per tean cake of 357 grams. The owner is very knowledgeable. I regretted that I did not stock up. Luckily, I bought the Bang Zhang Puer. It is an ancient village where many wild, ancient arbors are found. I was much impressed by the overwhelming aromas of wild berries. The tea “Qi” is overwhelming as well. I was intoxicated after three brews. My first purchase was just one catty. Then I ask my uncle to get me 10 more catties.
In just a few years, price of Bang Zhang has sky-rocketed to an unreachable level. Not long after that, comes an Bing Dao fever. It is now the most expensive Puer tea producing region. For the 5 “Grand Crus “of Bing Dao, the starting point is at lease tens of thousands. No wonder some call it the DRC of Tea.
You may wonder why the price could went up that fast? It is because there are too many riches who is willing to pay hundreds of thousands to charter the arbor, the forest, the village to monopiles the production. Some very bad boys event say it is better off to charter an ancient arbor Puer than to keep a mistress which cannot be shared with friends! How disgusting! Vulgar and nasty people like this do not deserve good tea!
Rumors say that in Bing Dao, they are facing the threat that the “influentials “are circling the forest and occupied. I was fortunate to have tasted these good crus before that were commercialized.
My sacred mission is to discover tomorrow stars of fine wine, fine tea and fine food so my fans can stock up before they are speculated to an untouchable price. The next tea region I have much faith in is the Baoshan Huang Jia Zhai. They are located on the border of Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos with tens of thousands of primitive forest of ancient tea arbors which have not been polluted. I swear that I shall take a tea adventure when we are free to travel.
I have tasted first flush of recent vintages of Huang Jia Zhai. The rock sugar note is comparable with Bing Dao Lao Zhai. In terms of richness, concentration, and complexity, it is even better.
Bing Dao Lao Zhai is regarded as the top quality and most precious Puer tea. However, I think Huang Jia Zhai stands even a little bit taller. Who is the champion? I guess these two need to fight in the boxing ring to let us judge.
I have booked the stage at the Chairman on 22 Oct 2022 at 12：00pm. Those tea fans who do not want to miss this dual please book now. 7 seats only！
Date：22 Oct 2022
Venue：The Chairman，3rd Floor, The Wellington , 198 Wellington Street, Central.
Menu：Chef's Menu of the Date
Price : HKD1888 + 10% per guest
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