31/05: 2009 Tea Trip Part V, 2009 teas and their stories

2. Our first blend tea

First, let's start with something popular - let's make a 7542 or something like it!

This was the request I put forward to Mr. Liu, a tea maker who used to work at Liming Tea Factory for over 20 years as their chief technical manager, his brainchild included famous 'Liming's Light', and 'Tuo King'.

Mr. Liu explained to me the process: by all means blending tea was an art, it started with the analysis of all raw materials from various tea areas, knowing the features and characteristics of each sample, set the object of the tea profile, then trial and error, and finally a good tea was born.

There is never a perfect blend tea. A good formula does not guarantee the success of the blend, you really start with sourcing the good raw materials ...

You properly tasted many different 7542, the original and the clones. The point was you might have mastered the formula, and the list of the ingredients, and the percentage of the blend, but your 7542 would still not be exectly like the Dayi's 7542. The truth, Dayi's 7542 tasted slightly different from year to year, from batch to batch. Why? It had so many dependancies.

So, our job is to make a good blend tea based upon our resources and limitations, that's that. The fact, your blend tea could be better in one way than 7542, but falls short in another aspect.

our first blend tea

Like I suspected, the successful blend of 7542 originated mainly from Menghai raw materials. Bulang tea was a key element, then there was Xiding tea, small quantity teas from Lincang and other areas.

With limited resources and time I won't say our first blend is a sure success - it remains an object for our clients to review, but it offers a great value and a great taste, I am happy with it - and it's a milestone in our business.

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What harvest year(s) make up this cake?

- CB
27/09 16:16:57

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