Yesterday was great fun in Jing Dian at 59 Tengkat Ton Shin just below Jalan Alor
started with a Qi Lan just the teamaster L M Chong and her friend Sally who was doing the translating, smiling, laughing and merriment.
The first infusion was very fruity and fragrant and far too so for me, but as the infusions went by the flowery fragrance faded and mineral flavours come I was going to buy some until the next 2 knocked me out.
Bei Do Ye Hou was sold out, as were a couple of others I asked for - the new Yan Chas will arrive after April and will be sold out by October unless L M Chong buys them for aging. I was wandering around the large canisters asking for a translation of all the names - as well as the varietal were characters depicting the cliff, ledge or rock peak where the tea grew.
First up was Lan Gu Yen Shui Jin Gui the mother tree for Golden Water Turtle many hundred years old. High fired into the bargain.
First roasting over Bamboo Charcoal 8 hours and the next day a 2nd roasting of 14 hours on a leaf of 70% oxidisation. Vintage 2010 the charcoal though very present was pleasantly enjoyable as the strong mineral flavour shone through with some very light fruitiness and great vibrancy. It was still going strong after 6 infusions but I needed a quick break and when I came back we had switched to another tea as another customer had come in.
he spoke almost fluent English and replaced Sally as my translator, soon we were on to another Shui Jin Gui a first generation cutting planted on a cliff called Niu Lan Keng about 125 years ago. This was vintage 2008 had almost maximum oxidisation in excess of 80% and even longer roasting - so though 2 years older than the mother tree was still fiercer yet still manageable - but will probably be at it's best many years down the line.
The Tea House has been going for over 50 years, has a loyal band of customers and does not need any fancy sales gimmicks, nor do they seek to make vast profits. Every vintage of a varietal is sold at the same price when it has gone, it has gone, no mark up for aging.
I bought 100gm Lan Gu Yen Shui Jin Gui 120RM
and 100gm Niu Lan Keng Shui Jin Gui 120RM