20 July, 2009

2009 Nadacha "Nannuo Qiaomu"

I love summer - but I most love it when it's raining hard, and I'm cosy indoors. Distant thunder, the sound of rain hammering on the windows, and I'm nice and warm behind the tea-table.

Today, we're celebrating Lei's change of citizenship. At dinner with my family, the subject of Lei's pending British nationality came up.

I joked, "The average attractiveness of British citizens is about to increase!"

My brother countered, "Why, are you leaving?"


Dragonfly


It's also my birthday. Let's break open another cake from Nadacha.


2009 Nadacha Nannuo


Nada had some very pleasant wrappers printed this year - you may remember its sister illustration, the mountain-top teahouse from the 2009 Naka and the 2009 Yiwu Mahei.


2009 Nadacha Nannuo


Nada writes that this tea is made from the same maocha source as his "Cha Chan Yi Wei" [Tea, Zen - Same Taste] cakes from last year. I think I remember reading on his blog that this was from a family venture, where they make their own cakes in the family home, including drying leaves on the roof!

He also writes that the leaves (pictured above) are from 200-year-old trees, and that it is actual qiaomu [chee-ow moo = tall tree, arbor]. It's a great rarity to find qiaomu maocha from a reputable source; to combine that with Nada's price (this cake was around $30) is a fantastic opportunity, I think.

As always, the proof of the pudding is in the tasting...


2009 Nadacha Nannuo


The leaves (shown above) are whole, and medium-sized. I love their fresh, floral aroma - this floral sweetness is something that I have come to associate with Nannuo tea. The compression is sociable: easily separable, but with good integrity.


2009 Nadacha Nannuo


The aroma is solid and very full. Even from the aroma of the dry leaves, the sheer content of this tea is obvious. There's a lot in it, whatever that might be.

Pure yellow soup (shown below) makes me happy. The sweet scents in the wenxiangbei [aroma cup] are so very long, they endure forever.


2009 Nadacha Nannuo


The body is green - very green. It has a lovely sweet-leather base, with enjoyable floral notes over the top. A long pause... then an aching huigan. Chunky.

An absence of roughness allows me to increase the amount of leaf that I use, and the body thickens even further.

One zillion infusions later, and I'm still drinking the same leaves. Endurance, freshness, character. A tip of my hat to Nada for making a charming tea.




Addendum
May, 2011

Beautiful mid-length leaves, with a sweet scent.  Surprisingly, its character is already tending towards being very dark and powerful, almost like sultanas.  Its kuwei remains, but it is changing into a citric tartness.  It is a chunky tea, yet tending towards that difficult age of being neither young nor old in character.  Enjoyable and dark.

4 comments:

Zachary said...

Looks like you're celebrating your birthday well.

Beautiful photos, as always.

Bryan said...

Hobbes,

First of all, happy belated birthday sir. Second, my plantation Nannuo cake has the same exact wrapper. I thought the qiaomu had a red stamp on the wrapper to clarify the different production? Good tea either way, but I was just curious.

San Xi Tang said...

Many happy returns for the day, Hobbes! Great tea for a great day. A pity that it sold out so soon... Nada must be commended for this achievement. GV

Hobbes said...

Hi all,

Thanks for the birthday greetings!

Bryan - absolutely correct, Nada wrote that the qiaomu cakes from the web-site do have the red stamp to differentiate themselves from the unstamped plantation variety. Apparently my ones came pre-stamping - though, to be fair, Nada was kind enough to offer to have them stamped! I can live without the red ink, however. :)

I've not tried the plantation version - I should buy a sampler.


Toodlepip,

Hobbes