Old trees have rich connotation, tasting space big, at the same time also the health of the original ecology, everyone likes. But do you really know about the tea tree? some wording really reliable?
1. Old tree age is not clear
How old is old tree? Some say 300 years, some say 200 years, some say 100 years, some say 70 or 80 years, this does not have to be too tangled, all in all, it is not platform cottage, density is not so big, don't need to spray insecticide, that will think you pass it. In fact, old tree age is actually very difficult to accurately measure, there is not a good way currently. Scientific say, C14 is not fly that was used in this, not what instrument can achieve even okay results. Not only are living unpredictable, even if cut the tree number annual rings, it may be because of the climate soil and other reasons for a greater deviation.
By the natural environment, soil fertility, pruning degree and other factors effect. depending on the height thickness query is not accurate, can only be roughly assessed.
More importantly, old trees are not necessarily the older the better.. relatively large tree age is more fine and smooth, more peaceful, also more precious. But 100 years may also raise the aroma, taste have characteristics, still to speak with tea. Compared to the tree aged, tree species and Soil may be more important(the premise is an old tree).
2. A hill is not a kind of tea.
Laobanzhang and Laobanzhang, Bingdao and Bingdao is big dissimilarity. Not only is the tree aged problem, this is a easy thing to say, big trees and little trees are easy to distinguish. More important is the tree species not the same! Variety is not the same, can you drink the same? Luyv(陆羽) said, south of a hill or north of a river cliff and shade fimber(阳涯阴林)，different tea mountain high quality tea garden position and orientation is not the same, sometime there's good plenty of sunshine, sometime are good in the forest.
Such a simple truth, how no one told me? This is because spend a lot of money to buy famous mountain tea without careful research. Of course, if you have a drink, and yourself approve, it doesn't have to study so fine, it doesn't matter. But it must be known, in fact, in the same tea mountain, different tea land, different tea farmers home, in the minds of the local people's value is not the same. Do not think that the same famous mountain is a quality, a price!
3. Early spring tea is not always better
Early spring is green tea season concept at the south of the
Yangtze River, and old trees
have little relationship, In Yunnan, different tea areas and different tree
species in the same tea area have different picking time. In some places only
pick a small amount, some can only pick bud shoot tip, some are completely
without pick tea. Most of the high quality old trees are not early spring tea.
4. New tea can not reflect the characteristics
An embarrassing fact is that: every year there are a lot of old trees tea, including expensive famous mountains tea, in the case of failing to fully reflect its value, it is muddleheaded drank.
How long will it take to drink? This problem relates to the proper drinking time, short storage period tea and long storage period tea have respective characteristics, can drink. But at least one-two years of transformation, you can probably see the pattern of an old tree.
How much difference just finish a type of new tea and old trees tea stored for more than one year? This is not easy judge, on average, similarity does not exceed 30%, after one or two years, basic 60% or 70% into the feeling is there.
Every year we will new tea tasting, but is based on the familiar with the tea, after established the corresponding relationship between the old tea and new tea, you can have a judge to the new tea. Even if the taste of thousands of varieties, drink a type of tea do not understand completely, I can only judge the craft, the tea itself still can not be concluded. Too much tea, the old tea and new tea drink up completely is two kinds of tea, and drink more much, the more feel curious and changeful regularity, this is where the charm of tea!
5. The more Chen may not be more fragrant
The storage of old tree tea is a big problem, as long as it is good tea, if storage is reasonable, short storage period tea and long storage period tea are very good, but the transformation of Pu er tea has its own laws, it is not the more Chen more fragrant so simple.
What is a reasonable storage? It is to meet the three requirements, avoid outside interference, Prevent Containing substance loss, appropriate temperature and humidity. This discussion is also very complicated, for the beginner of tea, the most important principle is to keep the tea seal and reasonable water content rate. So ventilate will not need, ventilate is to prevent mildew, matter can be quickly lost.
After reasonable storage, different stages have different characteristics of flavor, not directly proportional to time, roughly speaking, earlier stage fragrant more clear and sweet, later stage fragrant more mellow, the more Chen fragrant more Chen might be more accurate.
6. Whether old trees have nothing to do with shape
The variety of platform tea is simple, the old tea trees are just rich and colorful. Not only including big leaf species, also includes the middle leaf species, little leaf species, have long, round, flat, willow shaped, oval shaped, heart shaped; have a sharp serrated, also have fuzzy Jagged; some leaf is thick like leather, and it was as thin as paper. These differences are brought about by different varieties, It is does not matter with whether is old tree.
In the past by Yiwu and Menghai tea mountain effect, some people think that this is authentic, now this idea has been gradually abandoned. If you're going to Kunlu mountain(困鹿山), you will find little leaf old tree much more expensive than large leaf old trees.
There are people by the bottom wire drawing of the leaf(叶底拉丝) to judge the old trees, some terrace tea have more chemical fertilizer, wire drawing is also very powerful!
The only condition that can judge whether an old tree can be judged by its appearance, you know the raw material is from the mountain, and there are several varieties of this mountain you completely clear. This is not a master can get, can separate out is tea farmers, of course, out of this mountain, the experience of farmers are out of order.
7. Look at the famous mountains to be rational
About famous mountain, remember the three words: Famous mountains must have good tea, Not all the famous mountain tea is good, Good tea is not necessarily in the famous mountains.
The first sentence, Famous mountains must have good tea. No matter how the origin of famous mountains, have a history, have a taste preference, there is speculation, but a little, Famous mountains must have good tea, and characterized is bright to make people love, cost no matter.
Second sentences, Not all the famous mountain tea is good. Famous mountain have good tea, but you go to the famous mountains buy tea not necessarily good, why? Because a hill is not a kind of tea.
Third sentences, Good tea is not necessarily in the famous mountains. Too many good teas because of the traffic, cultural, yield, or the reason that is not clear. unknown, the level is not lower than the famous mountains.
Buy famous raw materials also need to consider the true and false, even if it is real, you have to consider the price, even if not bad money to consider the problem of excessive picking quality decline.
8. Brew old trees are not simple
A lot of friends to see the Pu er tea, they will considered to be boiling water brewing, this is thoughtless. In fact, the vast majority of old trees are not suitable for boiling water, unless it is a deposit of more than ten years of old tea. Different old tree tea fit different tempreture, according to our long-term evaluation, most of the old trees in the short storage period(One or two years to seven or eight years), suitable brewing temperature between 85-95degrees, high temperature will cover the level of aroma.
Brewing old tree tea utensils is not dark-red enameled pottery best, for the short storage period of old trees, the better effect of high density of white porcelain Gaiwan, more likely to play the delicate fragrance of ancient trees. Alike, expensive firewood burning device and dark-red enameled pottery the same will suck smell, not suitable for short storage period of old trees. Relatively speaking, ripe tea and old tea have a good effect use dark-red enameled pottery.
The core factor of brewing depend on household utensils, water, water temperature, quantity of tea, pour out soup time and technique.
9. Tasting old trees have the connotation
A fact that can not be ignored is: Compared to wine, coffee and other cultural drinks, the old tree tea tasting overall is still in the primary stage, cause this situation is clearly not in the tea, old tree tea is more abundant than the previous two kinds of drinks have connotation, that's why it's supposed to be in person.
A few years ago we heard Pu'er Tea most about tasting words called “domineering", the opposite is called "soft". While in fact, the aroma of Pu er tea can be divided into more than twenty, on the taste of the vocabulary is also a lot of, about the sense of the word more to be far rich than other drinks. The reason why there is no use at present, there is a relationship economic development stage and between the time and the rise of culture.
10. Tea gas is not mysterious
Hear tea gas, some people feel the mystery, including some tea person, also known as "tea gas boycott" this kind of cultural traditions and related experience. This old fear of being cheated by the psychological is somewhat fragile.
In fact, tea gas is the vast majority of people drinking old trees will have an experience, simply say, fever on the back, infiltration of sweat, unobstructed body, sensitive people will feel the operation of gas and blood, at some points on the body such as Baihui, springs and other will have induction. You can called it tea gas, or other, this phenomenon is the existence.
Tea gas is the rise in recent years, but these experiences are not the discovery of the modern people, the ancients had already recorded. everyone is familiar with Lutong "seven tea" (《七碗茶》)Poems. the description of the tea gas is not only accurate, but also very beautiful.