Da Qing Gu Shu (Da Qing Old Tree) is made from old tree tea leaves picked at the end of Autumn. Da Qing village is located in Jinggu county and is a remote village with unadulterated tea trees growing in the nearby hillsides. The leaves for this production are from one family whose trees are the oldest in the area.
Our 4th production from Bing Dao village and the third from Autumn harvested tea leaves! Bing Dao Lao Zhai (lit Bing Dao Old Village) is one of the two villages called "Bing Dao". There is Bing Dao Xin Zhai (lit. Bing Dao New Village) as well, which is the more famous of the two villages in the same area.
Bang Dong Village (邦东寨) is located in the county Mengku, Lincang prefecture. Bang Dong is a small village situated at an altitude of 1600 meters. Our production is made entirely from the tea picked by one family's small ancestral tea garden. The tea trees have 100-150 years of age and are growing naturally.
Lao Cha Tou brick is composed entirely of Menghai area material. Our 2016 production is made from expertly fermented Menghai are ripe tea in a Menghai tea factory under the supervision of Master Li. The cha tou brewed gives a smooth taste and a lingering mouth-feel and cha qi.
This is the highest grade Golden Needle Ripe Pu-erh we have ever encountered! We bought it all after two tastings and decided to press it into a cake! This little mini cake is the ultimate "Golden Needle" cake. All "Golden Needle" (金针) grade ripe with no other coarser leaf grades mixed in.
Guo You Lin is a small area between Yi Wu town and Mengla town at an elevation of 1650m that is protected forest and is an animal reserve. In the early 1990's there was a small village in the forest, but were made to leave by the government when they set up the protected forest resevere there.
We have selected autumn harvest (谷花茶) wild arbor material from the area of "Ding Jia Zhai" (丁家寨), a mountain area near Lao Man Sa in the Yi Wu mountain range. Ding Jia Zhai is inhabited primarily by Yao people who have for centuries picked and processed these wild arbor trees.
Our Zheng Jia Liang Zi tea cake is a classic Yi Wu Zheng Shan taste and shares some characteristics with Ma Hei tea. Strong, balanced, with a slight bitterness that's countered by a grass and orchid sweetness. Fast hui gan and a long-lasting mouthfeel.
Our very first Yi Wu blend! Entirely autumn harvested old arbor teas from Yi Wu area, both large and small leaf varietals. We feel that this blend has everything a good pu-erh should have. It's got sweetness, bitterness, astringency, floral, nutty, and orchid aroma. It's got a very strong cha qi and very long lasting after-taste.
This Yi Bang tea is special in that it is not large leaf varietal but rather a primitive small leaf varietal that has grown in this area for hundreds if not thousands of years. Like other small leaf varietal wild arbor tea trees in Yunnan (Jing Mai), the flavor is lighter and more smooth, but the aroma is pungent and fruity.
Man Zhuan area teas are known for their special thick aroma and a taste that with age becomes stronger and more textured. This tea comes from wild arbor trees between 200 and 300 years old growing on a sunny south facing slope.
Wa Long village is not far from Man Zhuan village in the Yi Wu mountain area. A remote natural tea garden on steep mountainside with just a few hundred trees but all more than 100 years old. Many as old as 400 years old.
What happens when you skillfully blend Wild Purple "Ye Sheng" Raw Pu-erh tea from with wild arbor ripe pu-erh tea from Mengku? You get something delicious, powerful and complex that is the best of both worlds. It has sweetness of a good ripe pu-erh, it has the umami and savory character of wild purple raw tea.
Si He Zhai? Never heard of it? That's because it doesn't exist. Our Si He Zhai (aka Four Harmonized Villages) tea cake is a blend of tea from four different villages, entirely from Spring 2016 first flush tea leaves!
With this lovely cake we celebrate an age-old tradition of mixing raw and ripe pu-erh tea together to create a harmonious blend worthy of aging. Like the famous "Purple Heaven" bricks and cakes from the 80's and 90's, we have blended ripe and raw Pu-erh tea together.
Our 3rd production from Bing Dao village and the first from Spring harvested tea leaves! Bing Dao Lao Zhai (lit Bing Dao Old Village) is one of the two villages called "Bing Dao". There is Bing Dao Xin Zhai (lit. Bing Dao New Village) as well, which is the more famous of the two villages in the same area.
Entirely wild arbor tea from early spring 2016! Tea leaves taken from 30 to 60 years old tea trees growing wild in the Da Xue Shan (Big Snow Mountain) area of Mengku. Big Snow Mountain is a high altitude area that tops out at 2700 meters above sea level.
Entirely wild arbor tea from early spring 2016! Tea leaves taken from 60 to 100 years old tea trees growing wild near Da Hu Sai in the county of Mengku) Lincang. Full and stout one leaf to one bud ratio tea leaves.
Entirely wild arbor tea from early spring 2016! Tea leaves taken from 40 to 80 years old tea trees growing wild on Mang Fei mountain in Yong De county of Lincang. Full and stout one leaf to one bud ratio tea leaves. Mang Fei wild arbor tea has pronounced hairy buds and stout stems.