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Easy Teas Heavenly Tips | 2014
Easy Teas Heavenly Tips | 2014
Easy Teas Heavenly Tips | 2014
Easy Teas Heavenly Tips | 2014
Easy Teas Heavenly Tips | 2014
Easy Teas Heavenly Tips | 2014

Easy Teas Heavenly Tips | 2014

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Tea: 2014 Anhua Heicha (安化黑茶) 

Type: Tian Jian Anhua Heicha 天尖安化黑茶
Fermentation Level: Medium
Harvest: Spring 2014
Press Date: Autumn 2014
Press Size: 1000g
Region:  Gaoma Terroir Region, Anhua.
Producer: Lexian Tea House
Tasting Notes: Smoked Chicory, Sea Salt, Sweet Marjoram, Moss, Sage 

Similar to the 2018 Tianjian from Seven Bowls, this Anhua Heicha has been steamed and pressed into a bamboo bundle (literally basket 篓).  The leaves are loosely compressed and easy to remove whole strips.  Similar to the Seven Bowls' Tianjian, this tea also has a large number of stems which in age turn sweet.

The fermentation on this tea is significantly lighter than that of the Seven Bowls Tianjian, and as a result, the flavors are drastically different.  Here the fragrances off the wet leaves is one of sweet chicory and mossy stones.  The liquor is a much cleaner pale amber, and the flavor is light with edges of minerality more clearly expressed in this more cleanly fermented tea.

There is a saline presence that leaves the mouth salivating after each infusion, but it lacks the full bodied power of the Seven Bowls' Tianjian.  This is a great tea for those who want a lighter, cleaner Anhua Heicha experience, in opposition to the more traditional, slightly smokey, powerful brew more commonly found in Anhua Heichas.