What an incredible day! When I woke up I watched out the window and I saw a clear blue sky.... I knew that today was the day to brew Teamaster's Da Yu Ling from this year spring!
While in the beginning I had some troubles appreciating this extreme high mountains tea, I now finally start to appreciate their pure flavors. Can't wait to try that Hehuanshan again now my eyes are a little bit more opened. For me it's also so surreal knowing that the leafs I'm steeping now where once on one of the highest mountains in Taiwan. Crazy if you think about it!
The leafs are spearshaped and slim and look very healthy. They feel thick and smooth. One of the best looking leafs I've seen so far, maybe because of the high altitude the plants are not bothered with many insects and diseases and they grow without any disturbance and they can put all their energy into leafs so they are able to survive at such height. I still have a little bit left of this tea for 1 more brew, I'll keep it for a special occasion or friend. If I had the money I would buy a big package right away but right now my priority is to try as much teas as possible so I'm able to get a general view. My blogs aren't very structured and might contain many grammatical errors but I want to keep it this way. I drink this tea and then I write straight from the heart. I could polish my blogs, reread them and adjust the text but then it wouldn't be pure anymore. Then I will give it a shape how I want it to be, while now it's just my heart and feelings speaking. And isn't that where tea is about? Atleast that is how I want to live my 'tea life'. When I see people with thermometers and chromometers breweing their teas, I know that's not how I want to do it. Life is already to strict and full of rules. With tea I can stop using my brain for once and use my instincts.