How BiLuoChun is made on Chái Lín Jūn’s tea farm
picking, sorting, sha qing, rolling, drying, sipping
QingMing, April 5th 2014
I quickly bought some organic pre QingMing tea from Chái Lín Jūn’s farm as well
the first tea picked this year before QingMing, which 2014 is on the 5th, didn’t yield much after more than 2 hours of picking, so…
high fired, listen!
Just about one week to go and we’ll be back in Yixing just in time for this years tea season. I plan to pick and make as much tea as I can and I might post about it here too so stay tuned…
The other day I wrote that I’d post some more pictures of the unprocessed clay in the yard of Hēnglì táocí chǎng as well as their processing equipment, so here we go.
This is what (part of) their yard looks like.
This raw clay material gets fed from above into those 2 machines which will grind it into the desired grain-size.
The resulting grain-size is controlled by a sieve which determines what is being let out of the machine and what still has to stay in until it’s small enough. Those sieves are changeable and have different mesh sizes. Here is what one of them looks like up close:
When the clay comes out it is a powder looking like this:
some mixing and mainly adding of water:
and then is being pressed into sell-able bars whilst some water is being added still:
Most of the machinery in those pictures wasn’t used that particular day (or even week, guessing based on the dust layer) the last machine which presses out the ready pieces was being operated whilst we where there and we had a chance to get all the information above from the workers on site.
So here is what the clay that came out fresh that day looked like:
That was it so far about how Yixing zisha clays are being produced mainly these days, if it is done by one of the bigger official suppliers that is, but if you remember the pictures of Huanglongshan I posted a while back, I showed freshly dug holes where people have been sourcing clay… well, that’s gotta go somewhere too, right? So next time I might give you some impressions and maybe some insights how it’s done the less official way.
the website I link to on the right hand side information menu for the Yixing artist verification database changes its link once in a while. I updated the link now and it should work again.