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好茶十八變 The Ever Changing Black Tea

 

好茶十八變

在《又上了一課》一文中提及的五百年滇紅春茶2021後,我今天上了第二課。

才不到兩個月,我的“五百紅” 2021在靜靜的起了革命。

由於上一趟茶缸沒有做“檢疫”的教訓;我先讓新購的茶穩定下來,再挑一個好缸做檢疫,才放茶到裡面陳。今天才打開密封袋,香氣濃郁多了!初韻是細膩高雅的玫瑰,然後是桂味荔枝,長相思似的蜜糖香也隱約滲透出來了。我期待一年後才有這效果,真有點喜出望外。畢竟香港的氣候比雲南更暖更潮濕。

玩味了這茶許多趟後,領悟出一些秘技。用瓷器茶盅,第一泡90度水開茶後,不要馬上沖第二泡;就讓茶葉也有足夠的時間舒張開來,以及有足夠的時間氧化。原理正如醒酒一樣。過了一小時,用75至80度水沖第二泡,蘭香較為明顯,還有精緻的可可。然後我就上班去了。下班回來(6小時後),打開茶杯蓋子,喝剩下的半杯第二泡。媽媽咪呀!濃濃的玫瑰、荔枝、槡棗、酒似的蜜糖,一擁而上。這傢伙沖泡以後在杯子裡的演進更精彩。之後用80-85度水沖泡,黃玉蘭、玉米花、蓮藕、一層一層的在變化。玩到第十五泡見茶葉都完全張開了,便用冷水慢火煎,蝦眼水停火。尾聲有槐花米、薏仁和鮮山藥香。那冰糖韻一直陪旁左右。兩個月已經有如此表現,不知這美人胚子會怎的發展。

這五百年古樹滇紅讓我想起了“源氏物語” 裡的紫姬。源氏公子撫養紫姬成為最完美的女性,看著她從娃娃變成少女,慢慢的步入風華絕代然後娶了她。不是人人都有這種艷福。收藏這茶幻想一下也蠻不錯。

一算下來,三克茶也不到三十塊,玩十五六泡;比星巴克便宜多了!


The Ever Changing Black Tea

After my article < <Another Tea Ceremony Lesson >> which talks about the Yunnan 500 Years Old Ancient Arbor Black Tea 2021, I learned the second lesson today.

In less than two months time, my “Five Hundred Years Old Black Tea 2021” underwent a silent revolution.

Due to the last lesson I learnt, I did not quarantine the container before I put in tea; I let my newly brought tea settle first, then look for a nice container and prepare it before putting tea in for ageing. Today I opened the bag and my nose was overwhelmed by the aromas. The first note was very delicate rose, then Lychee and Sauvignon like honey. I expected this would happen after a year and it surprised me. After all, Hong Kong’s climate is much warmer and more humid than Yunnan.

I played with this tea several times and I discovered some tricks. You have to use porcelain covered bowl. Water for first infusion should be 85-95 degree centigrade. Do not make second infusion immediately. Allow time to let leaves stretch and oxidize. It is exactly like decanting a bottle of red wine. One hour later, I used 75-80 degree hot water to make the second infusion. Aromas of orchid was obvious with reminiscent of cocoa. Then I went to work. When I came back (6 hours later) and drank the remaining half cup of the second infusion, mama mia! The delicate scent of rose, lychee, mulberry and wine like honey burst! This dude evolved much specularly in the cup. Then I used 80 degree water to keep brewing. It offered layers of yellow magnolia, corn flower, lotus root. After the 15th brew, all leaves stretched completely. I put cold water to simmer it with low heat and stopped when it was around 75 degree. The ending was acacia buds, barley and yam. The taste of rock sugar went from the begging until the end. This tea is just two months old. I wonder how this baby beauty will develop in the up coming years.

This Five Hundred Years Ancient Arbor Yunnan Black Tea 2021 reminds me of the Murasaki in “The Tales of Genji”. The hero Genji adopts little girl Murasaki and brings her up as a perfect woman, watching her bloom from a kid to a sophisticated lady and marries her. I guess very few men will have this type of blessings in their romantic life. Why not collect this tea and associate?

I used only 3 grams to go through the above enjoyment at the cost of less than HKD 30 for 16 infusions. It is indeed cheaper than a cup of Starbucks!


雲南保山五百年古樹滇紅春茶2021
Yunnan Bao Shan Five Hundred Years Old Ancient Arbor First Flush Dark Tea 2021

HKD425/ 50g

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