Qian Liang Cha was a brand new tea experience for me. I’ve never had anything quite like this Hunan tea. When I brewed up the Qian Liang Cha, the liquor was gold with a hint of orange and since it’s a dark tea my preconceptions unconsciously went to sheng Pu’er, however, the flavour profile was totally different than any sheng Pu’er I’ve ever had. This tea is far more delicate on the surface, but has a really solid base. A single cube will last for many consistent, delicious infusions. There are notes of bamboo, fresh mushroom and hints of seaweed and something akin to dry hay and red bean in the later infusions. Right from the outset, Qian Liang Cha exhibited a complex, rich mouthfeel! For me, this is a perfect tea for meditating, as it not distracting, but instead is consistent, focused and calm. If you aren’t a big fan of sheng Pu’er and want a good after dinner tea, give this tea a try.
Qian Liang Cha 2017
$8.00 – $26.00
Wet Leaf: light bamboo
Liquor Colour: gold
Liquor Aroma: slight seaweed, umami
Flavour: bamboo, seaweed (dulse), mushroom, dry hay
Mouth Feel: complex and soft, thick and rich
Pingkou, Anhua, Hunan Province.
3g/90ml at 100°C for 60 sec, 2nd & 3rd infusion for 20s. 7-10 infusions.
Sealed well in a cool, dry, dark location.
1 review for Qian Liang Cha 2017
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I should note right off the top that I would not be the normal market for a tea that has overly earthy or fishy/seaweed notes. So the fact that I gave this four stars means it is probably worth five from someone who adores this type of tea. It was very smooth, very drinkable. The earth and sea notes were far more subdued in the liquor than in the aroma. While it is not one I personally would re-order, I am super happy that I got to try the sample that they sent in my last order, and if you are on the fence about ordering this one and enjoy these particular notes, I would suggest trying this because it was a very enjoyable cup and I think it would have steeped a long, long time on one cube (which does break up slowly as you go) but I was under a time constraint and had to stop after three large mugs.