2011 Yunnan Sourcing "Autumn Mang Zhi" Ancient Arbor Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake
Mang Zhi is a small village of Yi and Yao people living west and south of Yi Wu town in the vicinity of Yi Bang and Xi Kong villages. Like the teas from Yi Bang and Xi Kong the tea is a primordial mixed large and small leaf varietal. The tea leaves are not as big as Yi Wu mountain (proper) large leaf varietal but have a higher level of aroma (香气高) but not lacking in cha qi (茶气). The brewed tea is aromatic, thick and sweet but not entirely lacking in bitterness and astringency. Mang Zhi village tea leaves are dark olive green color when brewed. Careful attention was paid to the processing of this mao cha giving it an even taste and color with little or no black flecks (if the leaves are signed during the kill-green process). The mao cha was carefully steamed and pressed with 40 kilogram stone presses in the traditional manner and each stack of 7 cakes was packed in the highest grade bamboo leaf tongs for collection and long-term storage.
Important note: All 5 of the teas from our Autumn Yi Wu series have been hand-stamped with the name of the village in Chinese at the tea factory. However, the person responsible for stamping the wrappers (in most cases) did not use enough ink. Before sending to you we will add an additional stamp with the letters "M Z" just below the chinese stamp on the front of the cake to help you identify the cakes. If you order a whole tong, there will be no added "M Z" stamp on the cakes as adding it would require us to break open the bamboo leaf tong.
In total just 40 kilograms produced.
Net Weight: 250 grams per cake
Compression date: October 15th 2011
Harvest time: October 2011