To celebrate the Year of the Monkey we created this potent little tuo cha for those who enjoy the convenience of a little single serving tea. We used lab tested (tested for 191 Pesticides) tea leaves from Xiao Hu Sai Village & Da Xue Shan tea bushes from the autumn harvest to create this potent little "tuo cha".
This is a blend of 2016 Spring and Autumn teas from Lincang area. Naturally growing plantation bushes from three villages (Bang Dong, Xiao Hu Dai and Da Xue Shan) were used and the tea has been tested for 191 pesticides and passed with a perfect score.
To celebrate the year of the monkey we created a distinctive and powerful blend of 2016 Autumn teas from wild arbor tea leaves growing in three different areas of Yunnan. We painstakingly blended different recipes before settling on this one, which is thick full-bodied with a balanced...
Zao Qiao Di is a small village south of Jinggu Township in Simao Prefecture. It's a high altitude village (1900 meters) with cool weather year-round and a cold misty spring. There have been tea trees growing here for more than 200 years.
Teng Tiao village is located in Jing Gu county of Simao. The leaves used for our production come from the oldest stand of trees in the area (150-300 years old). The tea was picked in first week of October during the dry cool sunny weather that follows the end of the monsoon season.
Ye Zhu Tang Village (lit. Wild Pig Pool) is small village about 5 miles to the north of Jinggu town and about two miles west (and uphill) from the Jinggu river. Ye Zhu Tang village is at about 1750 meters and the tea trees grow along a steep hillside between 1800-1900 meters.
Na Han Village (那罕寨) is located near Bang Dong village in the county Mengku, Lincang prefecture.Bang Dong is a small village situated at an altitude of 1750 meters. Our production is made entirely from the tea picked by one family's small ancestral tea garden. The tea trees are 150-250 years of age and are growing naturally.
Ku Zhu mountain tea is strong and is much more bitter than their sweeter Yang Ta (another Jing Gu area) counterpart. The taste is something a marriage between Jing Gu and Mengku teas, but entirely unique. A premium wild arbor tea with excellent aging possibilities!
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.