2015 Yunnan Sourcing Pu-erh Teas
The Hi Tech Dragon Ball is the same idea as the 2012 Hi-Tech cake and is made up of all our good mao cha samples from late 2012 until 2015. We get alot of mao cha to evaluate and even the ones we absolutely love there is no way we can ever drink all that mao cha.
We used Autumn 2015 Tea Leaves from the Da Xue Shan (Big Snow Mountain) area in the southwest of Mengku county in Lincang. The tea trees are old plantation tea trees between 40-60 years old growing naturally.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Entirely Ancient Arbor tea from Autumn (October) 2015 Harvest from Ge Deng village (革登) in Yi Wu mountain range. Ge Deng is southwest from Yi Bang town and west-northwest from Yi Wu town. This is our second production from Ge Deng village!
Nuo Wu Village is in Mengku County of Lincang. It's about 4 kilometers south and slightly east of Bing Dao village in the highlands on the eastern side of the Mengku River. Bing Dao on the western side of the river is at 1550 meters altitude, whereas Nuo Wu is at 1800+ meters altitude.
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.
Ba Wai Village is in Mengku County of Lincang. It's 1.9 kilometers southeast of Bing Dao village in the highlands on the eastern side of the Mengku River. Bing Dao on the western side of the river is at 1550 meters altitude, whereas Ba Wai is at 1800+ meters altitude.
This year's Impression is unique for this year and consists of tea leaves from Spring and Autumn, originating from both Lincang and Jing Gu tea gardens. The tea has been grown naturally and processed in the traditional method.
We are excited to offer this premium ripe pu-erh cake made entirely from Spring 2015 Bu Lang mountain material. First flush material was collected from several Bu Lang villages and fermented for 46 days.
Our "Ying Shan Hong" cake is a blend of Wild Purple Black tea and Snow Chrysanthemums from Spring 2015. The taste is floral and sweet with a thick burgundy red tea soup that soothes the mouth and throat with a layer of tea and flower oils and tannins.
Our second Spring Da Hu Sai production is from the Da Zhong Mountain area. Da Zhong Mountain has the oldest tea trees in the Da Hu Sai area, ranging from 120-200 years in age. It is also the highest altitude area in Da Hu Sai.
Bai Ni Shui (lit. White Mud Water) is situated at 1900 meters above sea level and has many old tea trees growing naturally without much human interference. Our production comes from 120-200 year old tea trees and is the first pluck of Spring 2015.
"Huang Shan Gu Shu" (lit. Yellow Mountain Old Tree) is a mountain in Jinggu County of Simao where 100-300 year old tea trees are growing. Huang Shan tea trees are Assamica varietal growing wild without intervention. Tea is harvested only twice a year, not 4 times a year like in many places.
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 Spring Lao Shu Bai Cha is made from trees aged 100+ years old growing near Ye Zhu Tang village in Jing Gu county.
Spring 2015 harvest from old "Mother" tea trees growing in Big Snow Mountain area of Lincang. 200+ year old tea trees growing at an altitude of 1900 meters. An unadulterated environment and high altitude growing conditions imparts a near magical quality to the tea.