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.
This is Mengku's only release of their "Pre-Ming Spring Tips" raw cake. Early Spring material from Lincang and Yongde picked in March 2008 was blended to produce a powerful tea with potent cha qi that is certain to age with complexity. This tea has been aged for 9 years in Kunming.
A blend of Nan Nuo Mountain area tea leaves from Autumn 2010. Autumn tea leaves from various Nan Nuo area villages were pressed into this tasty brick and then aged in Kunming until now. The brewed tea is typically autumn harvest tea in that it's flower and sweet with a subtle hay taste and aroma.
The name of this production "Chu Xin" means "Foremost in the Heart" and reflects the fine and exquisite nature of this tea. Chu Xin is a blend of Menghai area material from Nan Nuo Mountain, Ba Da Mountain and Bu Lang Mountain areas.
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.
This is a perfect tea for those looking for an aged raw pu-erh that still has some character and bite to it that can be purchased on a tight budget. The quality to price ratio with this tea is very strong, and it will not disappoint even the sophisticated sheng enthusiast.