Tuesday, October 8, 2013
2011 spring Hung Shui Oolong from Shan Lin Shi. After two years, the roasting has mellowed and the leaves seem to start to unfurl already.
Thanks to its high mountain origin (1500 meters), there's a very bright and shiny scent present in these dry leaves. There's also a natural sweetness that tingles my tastebuds!
I have decanted it for a week in this colorful and traditional Jingdezhen porcelain teajar.
What I find amazing are the qinghua drawings of fruit trees inside the jar! It must take a very skillful painter to paint through the opening of the jar!
This decoration is hidden from our view when the jar is closed. It's a luxury in the sense that they are inessential, unnecessary.
I also like the simplicity of the qinghua drawing (blue on white) on the inside combined with the more extravagant multicolor decoration on the outside.
While western decoration is done very precisely, with great detail and accuracy, the painting here is done much faster. This lack of perfection adds a unique personality to the jar.