Ban Po Lao Zhai is one of many Nan Nuo area villages. It lies just to the south of the Jinghong to Menghai road at an altitude of about 1500 meters. Old tea trees and younger wild arbor tea trees grow on the steep hills surrounding the village.
Entirely autumn 2011 material from Jing Gu mountain (Yang Ta village) was used to compose this tasty little mini cake. The taste is fruity and sweet but not without a calming cha qi and good mouth-feeling. 1 cake or 1 tong available!
San He Zhai is a powerful tea that is intended for longer term aging. It has bitterness and astringency, but this is balanced by a textured, filling and lubricating mouth-feeling that stays with the drinker well after the tea session has ended.
This tea was compressed in a small tea factory in Yi Wu town where unusually large 40 kilogam stone presses were used. Low temperature (35C) “baking” was used to dry these cakes after the compression process thus preserving their integrity!
Gao Shan Village is nestled in the Yi Wu mountains NNE of Yi Wu town and is one of the highest elevation villages in the Yi Wu range. Gao Shan village is inhabited by both Han and Yao people. Sample available!
Purple tea leaves from bushes aged 20 to 30 years and growing at an altitude of 1500-1600 meters were carefully picked and processed into this lovely tea. Purple tea is a large leaf varietal (Camellia Sinensis var. Assamica) that occurs naturally as a result of mutation.
Fermentation level is medium, so this cake still has a little bite to it and more room for improvement with aging. The fermentation "dui wei" flavor is mostly dissipated and the taste will gradually improve over the years to come.
Sample available! Actually the tea here is not Camellia Sinensis rather another varietal called Camellia Taliensis. Camellia Taliensis growing in Jing Gu's red soil has prominent large fat leaves and hairy white buds.