|Some beautiful calligraphy by Li Chun Lin|
There is much to appreciate about the aspirations of the Zhi Zheng folks. Describing themselves as a "a young Sino-British company based in Jinghong" (I have no idea what "Sino" means) they offer a small and supposedly organic puer tea selection. I particularly like the explanation of the meaning of their company name: "Zhi Zheng is a Chinese term which... conveys notions of a devotion to genuineness, morality and refinement and the pleasure that comes from that. A sense of respect for the beauty inherent in nature and in simplicity." I can appreciate these sentiments so I've been interested to try out some of their teas to see if they live up to the name.
This little cake reminds me of a flat squashed tuo. Although it was hand pressed it wasn't quite as easy to break into individual leaves as a larger hand pressed beeng would be, but I managed. After a good rinse the initial aroma was full of fruit with deepened dark sugar elements to it. No hint of that green hay smell I often find in younger shengs. The soup poured a slightly darkened yellow flax color. Very clear.
I wish I could say my state of awareness is of the higher kind, but like the tea I simply am who I am. Warts and all :)