“Zang Cha” means “Tibet tea”, it is one of the oldest tea variety produced in Sichuan. Since Tang Dynasty it has been made specially for Tibet export. This tea is considered to be essential product here. The Tibetan climate is harsh, the soils are meager and it is impossible to grow most of agricultural plants. So the Tibetan diet includes meat, fat and carbohydrates and they need tea for detoxify and nourishment with vivid vitamins and minerals. The tea is cooked with yak milk, butter and salt. Tibetans admires this drink as the most beneficial and nourishing in the world. It has specific taste and energizing effect, that is very important for mountain tracking. Also there is specific Tibetan tea caps measurement. Three tea caps are equal to 8 kilometers of mountain road. Tibetans add tsampa (roasted barley flavor) as a desert to this tea.
Zang tea is mostly produced in Yaan region, Mengshan Moutains, 850 meters above sea level. Tea producing process includes drying, fixation, steaming. Then tea leaves are alternately sun dried and wet stacked. Finally tea is compressed into the bricks or wickered with bamboo leaves. This is traditional way to store and transport tea. There are different type of Tibetan tea qualities, depending on raw material quality (verifying from rough leaves with stems to tender young tips). The best quality tea has beautiful figured whickered package.
The dry tea consists from dark brown twisted leaves, its fragments and some stems. The aroma is delicate, mellow, with oak moss and dry berry tones. The liquor has clear red-brown color.
The bouquet of brewed tea is original, mellow, “rustic” with vinous, berry and corny tones. The taste is mild, smooth, rich, clean, slightly sweet, with gentle sour nuance and autumn leaves overtone. There is no astringency and bitterness. The aroma is delicate, fruity. The aftertaste is impressive and rich.
Infuse tea with hot boiled water 95-100°С in yixing teapot for black teas or in ceramic gaiwan.
Take 6-8 grams for 100 ml volume dish. Shed tea with hot water and increase infusion time gradually. It stands up to 9-10 infusions.
This is original quality tea with mild, mellow taste and meditative effect. It calms mind and emotions, gives energy and kind serenity.