Gu Shu means "old tree" in Chinese. This tea was produced from old tea trees that is about a few hundred years old. The tea trees are owned by the minority ethnics in Yunnan who strictly followed the traditions of their ancestors.
Tea is made of single tea bud, hand-picked in early spring from high mountain. Tea has a sweet grassy note with a hint of nutty undertone. Its taste is smooth and soft, and no bitter or astringent taste at all, and it can be enjoyed by anyone in a family. Tea can be served with hot water or cold water.
The tea is produced from the semi-wild tea
The tea bushes were planted independently and grown like a wild plant where the tea trees are surrounded by weeds that have grown as tall as those tea trees. They only cut off the weeds just before tea plucking is carried out. When I saw the tea growing area for the first time, I can hardly believe there was any existence of tea trees. The trunk of the tea trees were so white and its leaves were yellowish due to the shortage of nitrogen supply. The tea trees were completely merged with the surrounding ecology. According to them, they practice exactly what they learned from their ancestors and till now, the same practice has been preserved for thousands of years. However, nowadays many places in Yunnan are rapidly altering their traditional farming to the modern agricultural practice. Hence, it is very rare to locate a place where people still practice their traditional farming.
Extraordinarily strong after tasteThe main characteristic of Gu Shu Yinzhen is its overwhelming extent of aftertaste. Once we drink this tea, the taste goes very deep down our throat, the sweetness and flavor lasts for a very long time. Since this tea is very strong, I usually indulge in only a few cups and stop drinking more or else I would get tea-drunk. Thanks to the highly concentrated minerals, it makes me feel warm and relaxed. Moreover, the tea leaves lasts for many infusions and we can brew this tea over and over again. Usually, once I prepared this tea in the morning, I could keep brewing it till night.
You can keep brewing over a dayThe unique feature of this tea is that we can maintain its fresh flavor throughout the day. Even if we stop brewing this tea and leave the wet leaves for several hours, it will not omit any off-flavor. Instead, it develops a fruity flavor. I often brew this tea at night and continue during the next morning. To my surprise, the flavor was rather fruitier and nicer when I brew the tea again the next morning.
Excellent performance in cold water brewing
I also recommend brewing this tea in cold water, which was unexpectedly refreshing and thanks to the strong aftertaste, my kids also loved it so much. All you have to do is to place 5g of tea leaves in 1 liter of water, and then leave it in a fridge for several hours. If you think it is too strong, you can dilute it. If you prefer stronger flavor, do use the cold water that was boiled once and cooled down.