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About The Teas
September is such a beautiful month in Portland: a certain thrill of change in the morning air’s chill; perhaps a touch of melancholy in the afternoon sun’s long, lazy slant.
2018 Mògàn Huáng Yá
(莫幹黃芽 — Mt. Mogan Yellow Bud)
With its fragrance of sweet hay, its shining, golden sparkle, and its thick, warming soup, 2018’s Mògàn Huáng Yá reflects all of that, and is a perfect way to welcome these transitional months.
This yellow tea (黃茶 — huángchá) also has a very interesting herstory, as it’s production has become a sort of matrilineal heritage in the family that makes it.
2002 Xiàguān Tuóchá “Sōng Hè”
(“松鹤” — “Pine & Crane”)
When I revisited the 2002 Sōng Hè Tuó from Xiàguān to see if it was the right tea for September, I almost decided to just keep them all for myself. It’s really a wonderful tea.
I regularly warn people to be very choosy with ripe pu’er (熟茶 — shúchá), as it often isn’t great. But, after an additional 15+ years of storage…
Well, I’ll just let it speak to you directly at the tasting. I think you’ll find this is a perfect tea for cool Autumn mornings, and long Autumn afternoons.