The Da Hu Sai Village Tea is strong in flavor, yet Yin in terms of Qi. Similar to its younger sister, "Mountain Rain," the liquor is thick and oily. With a pleasantly balanced astringency and bitterness that quickly transforms into a sweet aftertaste. Such a flavor profile is often considered the ideal in young puerh—both for drinking now and for aging. The Yin energy is so full and brisk that it verges on Yang; a raincloud about to burst, or the wilderness just moments before the dawn.
This tea is from the village of Da Hu Sai in Lincang. The leaves are harvested from 1- to 200-hundred-year-old trees, which means it is on the younger side of what we call "old-growth puerh." The trees are all chemical-free, grown naturally in forest gardens with very little human intervention, which means that the tea is vibrant and healthy "living tea." Lincang lies at the bottom of the Hengduan Mountains and Nushan Mountain in western Yunnan. The terrain here slopes from southeast to southwest, yielding many rivers which pass through or spring from here. The movement of flowing rivers and mountain wind is evident in the Qi of the tea.
The Lincang region is the northernmost of the three major tea areas in Yunnan. It is also the birthplace of all tea. The forests there have the oldest trees, and deepest roots in Cha Dao. There is some disagreement amongst scholars as to the origin of tea, but in traveling to the three major areas of Yunnan, we have found that the Lincang region is the home of all tea. Tea from this area has only blessed the market in modern times, though the aboriginals have been drinking this tea for millennia. The tea here is strong and deep, with sun, moon, mountain and air pouring through it. The area has the largest tea garden and the greatest tea output in Yunnan. Its Fengqing County has more than 906 acres of ancient tea plants and has produced tea for over 3,200 years. Throughout the Lingcang Region, the profound cultural connotations of tea, tea drinking and tea-related folk songs, specific to the area, are evident.