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What is Yan Cha?

This region is the pinnacle of Min Bei (northern Fujian) Wu Long. The mantra for Yan Cha is “rock bone and floral fragrance.”

While all Wu Longs are floral, the "rock bone" of Yan Cha refers to a highly desired "molten stone" mouth feel and long mineral finish. The leaves are heavily roasted to achieve a signature dark and bold aroma and taste.

The most prized Yan Cha comes from the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wu Yi Shan. Within the limit of this scenic region, the terroir is called Zheng Yan (True Cliff).

Learn more about Yan Cha Wu Long with our Tea Fundamentals.

History of Mei Zhan

Origin: Shi Zi Feng, Wu Yi Shan mountains, Fu Jian Province, China (~300-500m elevation)

Mei Zhan means “of plum”, “in place of plum”, “dominated by plum”. In the few stories about the name of this cultivar, it’s all related to plum blossom, probably speaking to the elegant and dilate nature of this cultivar.

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From Top Terroir

Made by the Zhang family, who have two of China’s most prolific tea-producing daughters in Wu Yi Shan. They are well respected in the industry and are known for producing some of the world’s best tea.

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Tasting the 2020 Vintage

As expected, this deeply roasted tea tastes like gorgeous plums. Other notes we get are a gentle tang, umami, and dainty orchid.

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Share Our Passion

If you love this guided tasting, join us monthly with our Educational Tea Club! We deep dive into two teas a month over Zoom. You'll be able to participate live and ask questions and taste the tea together with our community.

Example Curriculum

  Mei Zhan, Shi Zi Feng, Spring 2020
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What You'll Need

To get the most out of this session, we advise having a gong fu brewing set up ready to brew along with. A Gai WanFairness PitcherStrainer, and Three Sip Cup is recommended.

You can purchase a full gong fu brewing kit here.

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