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朱泥遇上大紅袍 WHEN SCARLETT PURPLE CLAY MEETS BIG RED ROBE

經濟低迷吃老本。好多客人跟我一樣在喝存貨。趁著暮春客倌開始有消費意欲;今早喝豪一點:2009第一代接枝大紅袍,配陳意齋蝦籽扎蹄。

1983年第一次喝到真貨,驚為天人!那是閨蜜做工程生意的老板饋贈的,當時他在猛烈追求我老友中。自然捨得。

儘管當年茶技與茶藝偕粗疏,但那大紅袍特有的巧克力、蘭花、橘子、桂圓香很難忘。之後到處找也找不到這般真貨。

2009年遇貴人,喝到2007年份,連追到2009。之後價格漲至堅離地不追了。所以今天吃存貨。 

今早才打開鐋封,那巧克力味撲鼻而來。第一泡香已叫人站不穩,有點捨不得洗杯。但畢竟陳了那麼久,湯色帶濁。

 

 

 

 

氳氤的春末夏初,難得的緣份遇上好茶美態,按奈不住都搬出好杯來讓好茶餵養。

貢局龍窰水平壺、配藝王㡳款礦土公道杯、分別用玉春堂青花杯、礦土桂花胎杯、宋兔

毫盞和晚清朱泥菊花杯來品嚐。

青花的效果是結構公整骨幹玲瓏、礦土托出桂圓香和巖韻、兔毫盞清醇甜美無比,蘭香馥郁、最精彩的始終是朱泥,三者兼得還添軟綿鬆化滑。難怪千金難求真朱泥。

難得的興緻、難得的因緣。朱泥在呼喚我結茶緣。密切留意今年的茶藝活動唷!

 

  

 

We had got through a very tough first season and most clients have been consuming wine stock like me. With the warm weather and the good mood for buying in Spring, I indulged myself today by brewing 2009 Grand Cru Big Red Robe Oolong Tea and paired it with Shrimp Roe and Bean Skin Rolls by Chan Yi Zhai.

Big Red Robe is the top Oolong tea from Wuyi Mountain of Fujian province in China.There are many counterfeit on the market. The first time I tasted a real one was in 1983 given by my girlfriend’s boss. He was dating her and off course was very willing to show is generosity.

Disregard my very shallow tasting and brewing skills at that time, the unique chocolate, orchid , citrus and Longnan aroma was very unforgettable. After this small bunch of nice tea, I had never come across real stuffs.

Until 2009 I met an honest broker and acquire 2007 to 2009 Grand Cru Big Red Robe first generation cut stick. Price has been sky rocketing to an unaffordable level so I stopped acquiring at vintage 2009.

When I open the tin bag, chocolate aroma is punching. The first infusion was intoxicating and made me reluctant to give it up for preparing cups. Aging made the colour of first brew cloudy.

 

 

It was great serendipity having an ideal brew of tea in such humid days; I could not help nurturing all my fine cups with fine tea. I use my fine purple clay tea cups to serve it.

I used a Ming porcelain , Osmanthus Ore Purple Clay cup, Sung Black China and a Ching Red Scarlett Purple Clay cup to serve the tea.

The Ming China resulted in perfect structure with obvious backbone; the Osmanthus Ore made Longnan and the unique terroir of Rock Tone of Wuyi Mountain most obvious. Whilst the Sung Black China highlight the sweetness , purity and orchid reminiscent.

Finally the best is Red Purple Clay that consist of all plus suppleness and long lingers.
It was a really rare moment. I felt the call of Red Purple clay to make friends through sharing of fine tea. Please pay attention to my tea activities this year.

 



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