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