Qian Liang Cha was a brand new tea experience for me. I’ve never had anything quite like this Hunan tea. When I brewed up the Qian Liang Cha, the liquor was gold with a hint of orange and since it’s a dark tea my preconceptions unconsciously went to sheng Pu’er, however, the flavour profile was totally different than any sheng Pu’er I’ve ever had. This tea is far more delicate on the surface, but has a really solid base. A single cube will last for many consistent, delicious infusions. There are notes of bamboo, fresh mushroom and hints of seaweed and something akin to dry hay and red bean in the later infusions. Right from the outset, Qian Liang Cha exhibited a complex, rich mouthfeel! For me, this is a perfect tea for meditating, as it not distracting, but instead is consistent, focused and calm. If you aren’t a big fan of sheng Pu’er and want a good after dinner tea, give this tea a try.
Qian Liang Cha 2017
$8.00 – $26.00
Wet Leaf: light bamboo
Liquor Colour: gold
Liquor Aroma: slight seaweed, umami
Flavour: bamboo, seaweed (dulse), mushroom, dry hay
Mouth Feel: complex and soft, thick and rich