Panchen Lama 1980's (sheng)

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Panchen Lama 1980's (sheng)

from 75.00

Rustic refinement with a high elevation perspective.

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Facts

  • Vintage: 1980's
  • Category: Lao Sheng (old, ripened raw)
  • Format: Zhuan Cha (rectangular tea brick)
  • Growing Region: Xishuangbanna
  • Seed-grown, organic plants
  • Size: approximately 250g

Panchen Lama offers the budding connoisseur an affordable opportunity to explore dry-storage ripened 1980's sheng.

The clean delivery, crystal broth, sweet aftertaste and uplifting energy make it very approachable, an excellent entry-level Lao Sheng Cha. At the same time, many advanced aficionados have commented on its instant satisfaction and clean well-preserved storage profile.

For those familiar with the teas produced specifically for the high Himalayan population in places like Tibet and Mongolia, the qualities of this tea will be immediately recognizable as something commissioned for the Panchen Lamas region.


What's It Like?

This tea is sweet and crisp. Due to it's nature, we recommend longer steeping times to allow for the color and flavor to deepen. It is bright, open, and uplifting - definitely a put a smile on your face tea.

Wet Leaf:

old extra-large leaf body - mostly broken • beautiful range of brown tones • glistening slick appearance

 

Broth:

orange/red colored liquor, bright and clear • pure, sweet balanced aroma with a brisk, coppery pungent taste

Energy: 

comfortably vertical and expansive - the chi traveling upwards and fanning out radiantly • picture a geyser in slow motion


House Commentary

Panchen lama offers something unique in our line of matured and drinkable sheng teas. It has the satisfaction level of a well cared for gem and the approach-ability of a rustic village product. Due to its type, the leaves chosen were large, gnarled, coarse stock from older plants which were appropriately handled in crafting to meet the taste of Tibet. Sequestered by a tea master very soon after production the tea began a course of slow dry-storage maturation leading to its current state. The leaf structure is highly dense, which has assured a slow, gentle ripening and this seems tied to its easy energy delivery.

We have a very harmonious symbiotic relationship with the Chi Center here in Santa Cruz. When the Chi Gong teacher training programs are in their week-long session many of the practitioners post up here for long tea journeys. It has been a revelation to watch Panchen Lama rise to the top of many (if not most) of their preference list. They say it is amazingly well suited to an equanimous Chi Gong session and that the balanced strong/gentle (yang/yin) chi profile of this tea aids their practice beautifully. Plus it tastes good.