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If there was a clear indication as to how good Mr. Ong’s spring 2023 Wenshan Bao Zhong Tea is this would certainly makes a strong statement! Our long-time collaborator has secured a second place grade in this spring’s Wenshan Bao Zhong competition. This means that this tea grades just below the winners circle from which a grand prize is awarded. A second place grade does command a higher price than the Finalist Grade teas we propose from the Winter Competition that are available here, but we think this spring’s offering is well worth the investment! If you need a benchmark from which to judge other Wenshan Bao Zhong Teas, this would be a good reference. 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 a bit further, 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.
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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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