Forest Song is an amazing sheng puerh. It comes from an eco-arboreal garden of some old-growth and some younger trees. The energy of the Big Snow Mountain region itself is amazing, with jungle forests and great snowy peaks above. The openness of these mountains is in the tea. When you drink it, you will understand. It has a very open quality. These days, it is tricky finding clean, living tea in Yunnan since some dishonest farmers will switch the tea. However, our tea came from a very reliable source. If that wasn’t enough, though, we had the tea lab-tested just to be sure and it came back as chemical-free. The energy is pure and bright. Tea from Big Snow Mountain is always very smooth and pleasant to drink, even when it is young. This was one of the best maocha (rough tea) that we tasted this year, and was top on our list of choices for Light Meets Life cakes, but we had already spent this year’s budget for sheng on teas from places we visited on our trip—Jingmai and Ai Lao Mountain. This tea was handpicked and processed by the Wa aboriginal tribe.
We find the liquor of this month’s tea ethereal beyond description. The color is perfectly white and golden, shining bright in any light. It is both light and deep, uplifting and centering. It is crisp and clean and tastes like wind, but it has the strength of young puerh as well, which means it will go the distance. It is cleansing, purifying you like a late summer breeze that breaks the heat spell and calms the soul. We find it both calming and invigorating. It is yin, but in a very balanced way.
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Music and Tea have been dating for centuries. Many of the sages who cultivated their musical abilities were also Chajin. There is great music in a fine tea, even when drunk in silence. This month, we’ll explore the age-old romance between the Leaf and music while drinking an amazing maocha steeped in the symphony of the forest!
The largest difference you will notice for this New Year, starting with this issue, is that Global Tea Hut will now be much more of a multi-media experience. Several key places in the magazine now have QR-codes that link to our brand new video page!
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