About 2005 Lincang Qing Green:
Our Lincang Qing was grown in 2005 in the Cangyuan region inside of Lincang Prefecture in Yunnan. It is the mountainous home of the Wa ethnic minority and was historically seen as too “wild” to be worth settling by neighboring powers like the British, Burmese, and ancient Chinese. Lingcang Qing is handcrafted from small, young, newly sprouted silver leaf tips and leaves. The compressed shape of the bing cha enables the tea to maintain its freshness longer than loose leaf green tea. We have been aging this cake since 2005 in Portland, Oregon and find the flavor currently quite enjoyable.
Making tea cakes is a traditional art form in Yunnan, China. Although it is a form popular for making Puer teas, in recent times, other type of teas (green, black) have also been made into cakes. Tea cake-making is a multi-step process. First, the freshly plucked tea leaves are withered, roasted, and sun dried to make Mao-Cha or “rough tea”. The rough tea is then steamed and molded into the tea cake shape using stone weights (traditional method) or a simple die press (modern method). Cakes are hand-wrapped in paper in the final step.
Green tea and black tea cakes are generally ready to be drunk soon after their crafting; however, if aged well, a green or black bing cha will come to life in new ways over time. We have found Portland to be an excellent environment for aging bing cha. The aging environment requires fresh air, moderate to warm temperatures, and humidity so that the tea will ferment over time. With each passing year, the tea develops new characteristics and complexity.
The Lincang climate has warm and very humid summers, with the great majority of days receiving some rainfall; monthly mean temperatures range from 11.2 °C (52.2 °F) in January to 21.6 °C (70.9 °F) in June, with an annual mean of 17.5 °C (63.5 °F). Rainfall is heavily concentrated in the warmer months.
Ingredients: 100% Organic Green Tea Leaves.
Size: 5″ diameter
Weight: 150 Grams
Cup Servings per Cake: 80
Light, steamed green vegetal sweetness.
Every tea is different and can be brewed in different ways. The chart below is not a hard-and-fast guide for brewing this tea, but rather a place to get started. Steeping time may vary based on your personal taste or on how many infusions have already been done. Experiment with the brewing of your tea to discover its unique character.
Brewing the tea cake is fairly simple. Break off a small piece (equal to the size of a teaspoon), and brew as you would with loose leaf tea.
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