Qingyun is a Chibi teashop recently opened by local hobbyists with government assistance. This Summer we will work together with them to produce a One River Tea - Qingyun dual label brick tea directly from the growers. In the meantime, we are releasing this sampler to start the hype for this forthcoming product and share a piece of history.
The price will stay at $15 USD until May 1st.
We will include:
-100 grams of 2009 ChuanZi Lao Qingzhuan (Zhaoliqiao).
-14 grams of 2017 Qingzhuan Biscuit (Qingyun)
Although the newer biscuit is less aged, the quality of the pick is superior and could be brewed by gaiwan and enjoyed straight. The aged ChuanZi really must be boiled and is still best enjoyed with salt and the dairy product of your choice, in the old Mongol fashion.
For centuries, Lao Qing Zhuan, complete with the imprinted "川” character and multilingual wrapping was the most famous brick tea produced in Hubei Province and marketed to places like Mongolia, Tibet, Russia, and Georgia. After the Chinese Civil War, the original Zhaoliqiao factory in Chibi, Hubei was nationalized and the farmers who supplied raw leaves to the factory entered into a cooperative relationship. This arrangement survived the de-nationalization drive of the 1990's, but became 90% privately owned in 2011, despite at least three protests by factory workers over pension benefits.
In recent years, Chibi's city government has invested substantially in making Lao Qing Zhuang the iconic product of the city. With public money and promotion guaranteed, three major private companies, and dozens of household producers have started to improve the quality and product variation of Lao Qing Zhuan in order to meet the more refined tastes of an international tea market now interested in dark tea.
Moving forward with Qingyun, we will only sell aged ChuanZi tea bricks that were processed before privatization and new tea bricks directly from the producers or the City's Unified Supply Co-op.