Lotus Brick 2000 (shou)
Lotus Brick 2000 (shou)
A very mysterious and alluring companion that you can't wait to get to know.
- Vintage: 2000
- Category: Shou
- Format: Zhuan Cha (rectangle tea brick)
- Growing Region: Lincang
- Production: Menghai
- Seed-grown, organic plants
When we found this tea in a friend's Kunming warehouse we were surprised that such an interesting brick with considerable age was sitting unnoticed at such a reasonable price. The Lotus Brick revealed itself to be a hidden gem with its comfortable energy, elegant taste, and trace minerality.
While doing initial tasting on this tea, our friend and his colleagues kept commenting that it lacked substantial force, which helped us to understand the nature of their criteria and how it different form ours. They seemed to only be looking for high-potency, intense energy, and we sought balanced chi.
Maybe it was too comfortable. We like comfortable, how 'bout you?
What's It Like?
Have you ever walked through a plant nursery after a spring rain? Lotus Brick delights with all of the freshness, earthiness, clarity, and floral bouquet of that stroll. It is very tactile and approachable.
this is a tea with lumber (an unusually high stem to leaf ratio) • a beautiful red/brown hue throughout leaf and stem • coarse rustic raw material with medium gloss
beautiful, clear, ruby and gold tinged • thick gelatinous, elemental broth • opening into layering of sweetness, nuttiness, date flavor.
benevolent, wizened • lotus brick can be very restful or vigorous, depending on the brewing method used
The Lotus Brick is a fascinating example of the possibilities locked in a brick. How you open it up is key to your results. Short rinse, long rinse, two rinses, two minute rest after rinsing, three, four...?
The large amount of stems in this tea opens up more subtle information - stems closer to roots - nutritive mineralities, land resonance, wind, rain, and rocks. Pay attention, let it guide you. In the dark recesses of its being-ness and the quietude of its long storage are mysterious secrets that only you can hear.
This tea is a unique opportunity to practice noticing gung fu timing - listen to the wood as it saturates - smell the luxuriant growth of lotus aroma exuding into the room - taste the mild astringency, the minerals, rich soil, sun-moon-stars.