2015 Yunnan Sourcing "Autumn Ma Li Shu" Old Arbor Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake
Entirely Ancient Arbor tea from Autumn (October) 2015 Harvest from Ma Li Shu village (麻栗树寨) in Yi Wu mountain range. Ma Li Shu is just outside Yi Bang town, which is one of the six famous tea mountains in Banna. This is our first production from Ma Li Shu village! Yi Bang area teas are known for their special thick aroma and a taste that with age becomes stronger and more textured. This tea comes from old arbor trees between 150 and 200 years old growing naturally. When brewing the tea you will notice the tea soup is a bright yellow-gold and clear, the aroma is penetrating and the tea is full in the mouth. The flavor is textured and thick with notes of fruit and sugarcane with an umami-like after-taste. Being a typical mixed (large and small) leaf varietal makes this is one of the more smooth and aromatic of the Yi Wu area teas. The brewed leaves are thick and stout with a dark olive-green color, attesting to their wild arbor origin. 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!
In total just 20 kilograms of this tea has been produced. We have delayed sales of this cake for more than 4 weeks to allow the water vapor from pressing to dissipate. Further aging will only improve this wonderful tea!
Net Weight: 250 grams per cake (7 cakes per bamboo leaf tong)
Harvest time: October 2015
Harvest Area: Ma Li Shu (village), Yi Bang area of the Yi Wu mountain range, Meng La county of Xi Shuang Banna
Total Production amount: 80 cakes (20 kilograms)
This tea has been tested in a certified laboratory for 42 pesticides, and is within the EU MRL limits set for those 42 pesticide residues. For a full list of the 42 pesticides we tested for and more information about MRL testing and the EU Food and Safety commission click on this link.