2014 Yunnan Sourcing Teas
Ye Sheng cha is a primeval varietal that pre-dates Camellia Sinensis var. Assamica and is a naturally occuring non hybridized varietal. It's potency in cha qi arises from it's unadulterated nature. It is naturally bug repellent, and grows wild in the forests of Yunnan at an altitude of 1600-2200 meters.
Entirely first flush of Spring 2014 Ai Lao Mountain Raw Pu-erh tea pressed into this premium tippy mini tuo. Each little mini tuo is roughly 5 grams and comes individually wrapped for your convenience. A perfect choice when you want a portable easy solution for making tea on the go.
Lao Shu Bai Cha means "Old Tree White Pekoe Tea". White Pekoe refers to a Jinggu varietal called Camellia Assamica Taliensis that is very large and features hairy white buds. Our Autumn Lao Shu Bai Cha is made from trees aged 100+ years old growing near Ye Zhu Tang village in Jing Gu county.
Our 2014 Autumn "Mu Shu Cha" (母树茶) refers to the mother tea trees of Mengku where the oldest and most primitive Yunnan Large Leaf varietal tea trees still flourish. Our Mu Shu comes from 100-300 year old tea trees growing near Bingdao village in the south of Mengku county of Lincang.
Da Qing Gu Shu is my favorite tea from Autumn 2014. 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.
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.
Our Red Horse mini cake is made entirely from Gongting grade ripe pu-erh tea from Yong De county tea leaves. 2013 harvested tea leaves were fermented in early 2014 and then finally pressed into these lovely 100 gram mini cakes at the very end of 2014.
Qing Mei Shan is a remote mountain area in Yong De county of Lincang. The tea trees here are 100-300 years old and have been growing wild for centuries. It's a very pure tea with buttery thick mouthfeel, pungent floral can sugarcane aroma with an ass-kicking cha qi that betrays it's wildness.
Jiu Tai Po or "9 Mesa Village" is a small village with about 1200 inhabitants. Many are involved in tea production, the surrounding hills are covered forest and tea growing, often amongst larger trees. The elevation is an ideal 1500 meters.
Lincang Prefecture, there is just two mountains with the name "Big Snow Mountain" (大雪山). One is located in the district Mengku, and the second in the county Yong De. Raw materials for this Schoen were collected in the early autumn of 2014 in District Yong De.
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!
It's a blend of different teas, but this year we used mao cha from 2011-2014 (both Spring and Autumn) harvests. The mao cha we used is a blend of 24 distinct areas, including Yi Wu, Menghai, Lancang, Jing Gu, Wu Liang, Ai Lao, Mengku, Yong De, Bang Dong, Mangshi (Dehong) and Pu'Er.
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.
Mi Bu tea is mostly large leaf assamica, the tea is strong with alot of bitterness and astringency for an Yi Wu tea. It's leaves are a deep olive-green color and stems are stout and thick. I used to think Gao Shan Zhai was the bitter Yi Wu tea, but Mi Bu tastes strong and more bitter than Gao Shan Zhai.
Mang Zhi is a small village of Yi and Yao people living just north of Yi Wu town in the vicinity of Yi Bang and Xi Kong villages. The tea leaves are not as big as Yi Wu mountain large leaf varietal but have a higher level of aroma but not lacking in cha qi.
Our 2nd production from Bing Dao village. We have produced other teas from neighboring villages but this Autumn we met a grower that had excellent tea from wild and natural tea garden in Bing Dao village.
Entirely "ye sheng" varietal tea from the highest reaches of the Wu Liang mountains. Growing above 2000 feet these wild tea bushes range from 50 to 200 years old. We had originally asked for 100 kilograms of this wonderful tea but it's so rare and due to dry weather, we were only able to get 60 kilograms!
Man Tang Hong series returns! In the tradition of Man Tang Hong #2, Gong Ting and Te Ji we bring you #3. This is from the same Lincang material and fermentation style as our previous releases, but this time it's entirely Grade 3 ripe leaf material from a 2012 fermentation batch.