Winter 2022, Winter 2023
|Style of tea
Starting at $ 6.40
Wenshan Bao Zhong Competition Tea is a sought after tea season after season. Spring and Winter offerings are the preferred productions. When it comes to winter offerings from Mr. Ong, our long time contributor, we’re continuing with what has become a tradition now. Since we know he reserves all his best tea for the Competition, we waited for his beautifully packaged Competition Grade Tea to arrive. Mr. Ong’s tea always makes it to the finals and this Finalist Grade tea is offered at price that is similar to his seasonal bulk tea offerings! If you liked any of our bulk lots from Mr. Ong including this spring’s Lot 1224, you’re in for a treat with this one. Buying Competition Tea in boxes or canisters sealed by the organizers of the competition is certainly an assurance that you are getting authentic Bao Zhong tea that meets the quality standard in taste, production practices and growing standards that have made the reputation of this type of tea internationally. If this is your first time trying out a Bao Zhong, you simply can’t go wrong with this Competition Tea. For those of you who are tempted but need to be convinced, we recommend that you purchase a 15 g sample before committing to one of the tins or box sealed by the competition organizers. What beautiful gifts these can make! Purchasers of the box set of two 150 g tins will also receive a matching Gift Bag.
Winter 2022, Winter 2023
|Style of tea
Bao Zhong Tea has a long tradition in the Wenshan mountains near Taipei. We can trace its introduction to a man called Cheng Xi Wong who came from Quanzhou, just across the straight, in the province of Fujian. He produced a tea fashioned around Wuyi style tea, hence the long, curled full leaf appearance of the tea. His tea was further distinguished by the way he packed his tea to sell it. He used 2 sheets of paper and folded them to pack 150g of tea in a nice square shape and stamped them with the merchant’s name or cargo company that would export it. This is how this tea got to be named Bao Zhong Tea, which means paper wrapped or enveloped tea. Still, the most famous Bao Zhong tea comes from the same Wenshan area just outside Taipei where tea has a longstanding, 200 year old tradition.
All of the Wenshan competition teas we’ve purchased up to now are all from Mr. Wong, a 3rd generation grower. This spring, Mr. Wong was awarded a 3rd place. The previous lots we proposed last Winter and in the Spring of 2013 were rated as finalists. The famous Wenshan Bao Zhong Competition is held twice a year, once in the spring and once after the Winter tea season. Tea competitions are held on a given day and decided by a panel of judges that rate every tea entered based on a set list of criteria determined by the organizers. Teas are awarded points and go through rounds of elimination. Only entries kept for the final round get to be labelled as finalist teas and packaged by the show organizers to be recognized as of outstanding quality. These teas command a higher price because of that. From that select group, a first second and third place finisher are determined. Wr. Wong got a well deserved 3rd place this spring. Congratulations!
The package designs are slightly different from one seasonal competition to another. This is very well controlled by the organizers to avoid counterfeit products. For traceability, each element of the packaging (box, tin, vacuum bag) bears a numbered seal that identify this tea with the grower and his competition ranking. This is why we choose to offer this tea only in the sealed formats. A 25 g sample is also proposed to get to taste the tea before committing to the official packages
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