The buds are picked in early February and then sun-dried. The flavor is fresh and a little fruity somewhat similiar to a good white tea but more complex flavors. The brewed liquor is whitish and clear, and there is a hint of fresh pine needles in the aroma!
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...
The tea has been stored in Guangdong since 2009 and the hot and humid storage has helped it along by transforming it's bitter and astringent character into something rich and complex. Instead of just theorizing about how Cheng Sheng Hao will age, why not try this and get to know just how wonderfully these cakes will age!
A very strong tea from Bu Lang mountain area. Purchased from a long time tea dealer in Foshan Guangdong who has stored it in their 2nd floor warehouse for 14 years after a deal gone bad. Originally the tea was produced for a Malaysian tea seller in Penang who was planning to sell them as "Lao Ban Zhang" bricks...
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.
An early Changtai pressing under their "Yi Chang Hao" name. Yi Chang Hao denotes Yi Wu Mountain area teas produced by Changtai, and are among some of the early classic Yi Wu pressings. The 1999 Yi Chang Hao is a sought after classic as are the 2000-2004 pressings (this one included).
This is Nan Jian's "Silver Pekoe" (银毫) tippy grade raw tuo cha blend. It's tippy, which with age has given it a sweet, and fruity character. On the other side, it's got a strong meaty sheng bitter and astringent punch that with 12 years of age feels just right.
Chen Sheng "Ba Wang" (lit. Badass King) is a blend of premium Bu Lang area teas that was masterfully blended by Mr. Chen Sheng He. This is a powerful blend that reflects it's Bu Lang origins. Alot of bitterness up front that fades quickly into sweet and thick waves of creamy broth.
Chen Sheng Yi Hao (lit. Number 1) is a blend of premium Menghai area teas that was masterfully blended by Mr. Chen Sheng He. It's powerful, full in the mouth, but very smooth and lubricating, not harsh at all.
This 2013 Spring Ba Da production is a very high quality production from wild arbor tea trees and bushes from the Ba Da mountain area in Menghai County. I feel it's an excellent example of the Ba Da terroir that's both good and affordable!
Big Yellow Mark (lit. Da Huang Yin) is a CNNP labelled tea from a small producer in Menghai. The tea is a blend of Nan Nuo and Bu Lang Mountain Spring 2005 tea. The tea has been stored in a "dry Guangdong" condition for 12 years and has developed a nice aged feel to it.