The Yunnan province in China is one with a rich history closely tied to its tea
production. Considered to be the birthplace of Pu Erh, Yunnan is also famous for
is complex black teas. This south-westernmost region in China has ideal growing
conditions for tea, which has allowed the industry to thrive there for hundreds
Its location along the Lancang River maintains a warm, humid climate with heavy
rainfall. Farmers have taken advantage of this landscape to grow exceptional
teas, resulting in four main production areas: Baoshan, Lincang, Simao and
Yunnan is best known for its Pu Erh tea, which originated in the Simao area. Not
only is this region important for the growing of tea, but is essential for the
production and distribution as well.
Some of the tea produced in Yunnan is cultivated from ancient tea trees, some
hundreds of years old, grown in a tree-like environment. To pluck these leave,
requires farmers to climb up into the trees themselves. This type of cultivation
leads to greater biodiversity than that found in the typical plantation style
farm. It is there where a tea tree called Zhen Yuan grows, and is believed to be
thousands of years old.
ancient tree green puerh
Very smooth with hints of honey, apricot, a soft sweet smoke.
gong ting puerh
Silky, smooth, mellow, sweet, hints of anise, mineral, and plum.
Zhao Ji Lin's
jin kong que
Intricate notes of honey, toastiness, cocoa, and roasted sweet potato.