Yunnan ancient tea trees rarely cease to amaze and this offering is no exception. This sheng or 'raw' pu erh offers long, silvery buds and young leaves. The dry leaf aroma is of fruit and earth, while the infusion is medium-light amber. Very smooth with hints of honey, apricot, a soft sweet smoke. Layered and lingering.
About the leaves:
Grown at 800 meters above sea level our 2020 Ancient Tree Pu Erh is a Yunnan Big Leaf cultivar and was hand-plucked in early May from 150-year-old trees. This sheng pu erh consists of one bud and 2-3, 15-20 cm long leaves. Once it goes through a 10-minute firing it is then roasted for 5-6 hours at around 70 degrees celsius.
This tea contains a moderate level of caffeine | Steep at 195° for 2-3 minutes.
In southern Yunnan Province grow some of the oldest tea trees in the world. It is there where the Ancient Tree Puerh, or Gu Shu, is grown from tree hundreds of years old, if not thousands of years old.
Since 2001, demand for Pu Erh has gone up astronomically. To keep up with its popularity tea farmers have been resorting to less than desirable tactics. In order to force new growth, some farmers have begun to cut their ancient tree in half, which can lead to disease and the death of the tree if not properly cared for. Such controversial methods have resulted in the widespread disappearance of these living fossils.
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How long have you been growing tea and what got your started?
I started to work with tea when I was 20 years old. My hometown is a tea area and everyone in our village works with tea. So, naturally, I am working with tea as well.
Can you describe a typical day out in the field?
My main job is plucking tea leaves. I will work from 7 in the morning to 1 in the afternoon. I then deliver my tea leaves to the primary factory in the afternoon after picking.
What is your favorite part of growing tea?
I love the beautiful mountains in my hometown. In the morning when I walk in the mountain road I can hear birds singing. I love nature like this. I am proud that our hometown can make wonderful teas in the world.
Conversely, what is the hardest part of your job?
My hometown is very beautiful, but it is very hot when you climb the mountains and trees to work hard outside. This is why I have to stop at 1pm. Because in the afternoon it is too hot.
Are there any tips you can give on how to best brew your tea?
You can use glass teapot to brew our teas. A high grade green pu erh can make 7-8 delicious cups. By the way, you can buy some fresh green pu erh and store it at home. The tea can be oxidized and purer as time goes by. The longer, the better.
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