Singapore Tea Tasting: pt 2

Well, after the great day with Wilson and Mrs Chong at D’Art Station, & thanks to the lovely teas I failed to go to sleep then the next morning went north of Changi to meet with Alex Lau, who kindly took me to meet Alex Lim, or Eagle Tea Merchants.

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We got tea drunk. Seriously tea drunk.  I cant remember the last time I drank that many teas.  How many puerhs did we taste? I dont know but it was quite a lot – jingmais, Yiwus, Lao Ban Zhang, Lincang, Bulangs, the list goes on.

I tried some fantastic Yiwu, Bulang, Lincang (wild tree) & Lao Ban Zhang.  I couldnt afford the Yiwu or LBZ, but bought some of the Lincang and Bulang. I would also go back for the cheaper Yiwu (the yellow label), it was fantastic.  I think Alex lim has got good taste in puerh. Those three all varied in taste from each other and good quality.

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Both Alex’s were into their teaware which isn’t something I involve myself in yet, but it was fascinating to hear them talk about specific clays and pots. I cant talk much about them here because I was more interested in the tea tasting.

Alex goes himself to china to select the trees or leaf he uses for processing. Hes a good honest vendor – the lincang wild tree was described as a ‘massive tree’.  No stories about fantastical age magical properties, just first hand knowledge, which you could taste in the tree.  Not a hint of bitterness, just a wonderful ‘wild tree’ fruit taste.

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Above is a picture of the trees Alex sourced for the Lincang. Wild huh?

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