Zi Ran is a Taoist concept meaning “of its own”, “by itself”, and thus “naturally, free”. We named this tea Zi Ran because it is harvested in Banzhang’s Ecological Preserve, thus naturally free, and preserved, by itself. It may not be Lao Banzhang, but it is real to the terroir of Banzhang, unlike fakes which imitate the region in many ways. The tea consists of spring buds, harvested in 2012, from the tea trees within the ecological preserve. The aroma is like mulled wine, dark chocolate, and petrichor— and the flavor is very well rounded petrichor, light sweetness, and very deep and thick liquor.
Characteristic Tasting Notes:
- Dark Chocolate, Thick Petrichor, Clean Woody Body.
Water Temp: 196-200F
Amount: 4-7g tea, 140-200ml Pot
1st Infusion: 5-6 seconds.
2nd Infusion: 5-6 seconds.
3rd Infusion: 5-7 seconds.
4th Infusion: 8-10 seconds.
5th Infusion: 15 seconds (add 5 additional seconds for any subsequent infusions after the 5th).
Western Brewing Method:
- Place 2g of tea (about 1 tbsp) in a straining device inside a mug, fill with water that’s 200+F, steep 5 minutes, and enjoy.