I hate these long puerh names. I know that hao
means factory and Yiwu
is a mountain or town. Let me resort to quoting from Lew Perin’s BabelCarp
yet another time: “yiwu = (易武) town and mountain in Xishuangbanna. The town processes much of the Pu'er grown east of the Mekong, especially in You Le Shan, and many of the Han people of the town are descended from Wuyi tea traders.
If you’re like me, somewhere between the yiwu
and the wuyi
you get woozy
. Oh heck, I just call it Spaghetti Tea
because Guang said it felt like making spaghetti trying to get the long leaves into the pot. If you click on the picture, you will see some of those long dry leaves from this cake as well as the sansui pot with its hat on. The broad leaves under the chataku, btw, are my idea of an artful insouciance: they are not tea leaves, but bamboo leaves. They came wrapped around tea, but they themselves are just bamboo, probably another poisonous product of Nature. The leaves on the top
of the chataku are tea leaves.
Also, in the second photo you will notice the paint on the yunomi is blue
instead of green
. That should give you a good sense of how much to trust photos.
Despite taking me two paragraphs to get this far, the tea was pretty good and the Japanese lidded sansui cup is fan-freakin-tabulous, baby! The flowers are from Trumpet Vines growing by the office. They are purported to be poisonous, so don’t mistake them for a teatime snack. Also, as they often are, these Trumpet Vine flowers were heavily occupied by ants. (**shudder**)
So you see, there is no limit to the lengths Salsero Enterprises
will go to bring you cutting edge designs.
For those with pointlessly long TeaChat memories, this cake was a Second Best Tea House
selection way back in maybe March of 2007 … when MarshalN was spending a lot of time at The Best Tea House
in Hong Kong and we locals here were jealous. Well, now he's somewhere in Ohio and there’s not that much to be jealous about. If I remember correctly, BearsBearsBears also visited that famous tea house around that time on his last marathon Tea Tour de China.