2012 Yunnan Sourcing "San He Zhai" Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake
San He Zhai? Never heard of it? That's because it doesn't exist. Our San He Zhai (aka Three Harmonized Villages) tea cake is a blend of tea from three villages and also from both spring 2011 and spring 2012 harvests.
San He Zhai is a powerful tea that is intended for longer term aging. It has bitterness and astringency, but this is balanced by a textured, filling and lubricating mouth-feeling that stays with the drinker well after the tea session has ended. The aroma is strong and pungent and on a warm day will fill the room with it's nectar-like aroma. Being from old arbor and wild arbor tea trees the leaves are thick and stout and hold up well to multiple infusions.
Stone pressed in the traditional manner and dried with a low temperature drying process. Each cake is individually wrapped in Dai minority hand-crafted paper and then meticulously packed into bamboo leaf tongs for collection and long-term storage.
The Dai ethnic group lives exclusively in Yunnan province, residing primarily in the Xishuangbanna Autonomous Prefecture. Dai villages tend to be built in low-lying areas beside mountains. Streams or rivers flow in front of them and the mountains behind are covered in thick forest. Dai houses are constructed on elevated wooden poles. The mountains surrounding the villages are all covered in tea trees, which are normally picked by unmarried young girls.
San He Zhai is a powerful blended tea cake composed of high quality material but priced affordably for those who wish invest in high quality tea.
400 grams per cake (7 cakes per bamboo tong).