Tuesday, December 8, 2015

1970s Hung Thai Chang


The 1970s Hung Thai Chang is an old and rare tea. It is a border tea that is believed to consist of wild tea leaves harvested from the Southern Yunnan forest that overlapped across the remote borders running along northern Thailand, Laos PDR and Vietnam. At 40 years of age the tea is well matured and need to be carefully wrapped to preserve its essence. Brewing this tea presents a thick and heavy dark character accompanied by a depth that can only develop from many decades of aging. The rich and dark brew offers a strong presence of age with notes of traditional Chinese medicine, talcum powder, old parchment, mature wood, minerals married in a background of soft earthiness. Drinking this kind of old tea is warm and very soothing, delivering a sense of calmness and relaxation that eases away tension and stress from the body and mind.

Reference publication on the 1970s Hung Thai Chang

Additional Note: Through my travels I have been fortunate to meet and talk to many experience tea enthusiasts and collectors of old tea. Such encounters are filled with stories and old practices from a long history of man’s journey and appreciation of tea. It is from these recounts that we are reminded that traditional puerh tea is more than a drink to quench our thirst but was once regularly used as a form of medicine. The gentle and soothing nature of old tea together with its nurturing energy makes it ideal to be used as a healing tonic. One simple tonic that was taught to me involves the preparation of age tea with honey. A strong brew is prepared and left to cool to a state that can endure the human touch before a portion of raw honey is gently stirred in. This healing tonic offers a soothing and mellow drink that can be easily absorbed by the body without irritating and upsetting the body’s Qi from over stimulation. In history this age tea tonic was used to treat discomfort and ailments for various digestive disorders as well as to aid recovery and to restore the body’s vitality after recent sickness.

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