Forest Bridge - Jingmai Mountain Sheng Puerh 2016 - 1.5 oz.
Forest Bridge presents fresh spring tea picked in 2016 from old-growth trees that range in age from 200 to 800 years. Last year, Living Tea founder Colin Hudon, travelled along with our friend Master Tsai and the Global Tea Hut crew, to this extraordinary region of Yunnan. Master Tsai had travelled earlier in the year and chose leaves from older trees in the forest for our cakes. The tea is stunning, with a powerful and vibrant Qi that takes you directly to the forest. These trees speak old languages we’ve all but forgotten. This is amongst the most powerful teas we’ve ever tried.
The Jingmai tea growing area covers the Lancang County villages of Jingmai and Mangjing. This stretch of 10,000mu cultivated ancient tea gardens has upwards of a thousand years of history. Scholars believe the Jingmai tea mountain was first cultivated over 1200 years ago in 696 C.E. by the ancestors of the Bulang people. The next several dynasties saw a succession of tea planting, leading to the current scale of cultivation. The Jingmai Old-Growth Tea Garden is one of the largest conservatories for old tea trees in the world. It is, furthermore, completely protected and one-hundred percent organic, living tea. In all of our travels in Yunnan, we have never visited a place with a greater concentration of tea trees. Unlike the tall trees in Ai Lao, which are very unique due to the altitude and deciduous nature of the forest, the trees in Jingmai are the more typical jungle/rainforest kind of tea tree, with twisted fairy-tale trunks and branches covered in mold, fungus, vines and other species like Crab’s Claw, which we had the fortune to add to a bowl or two. In fact, the crab’s claw that Living Tea carries is from Jingmai. The forest here sings of tea, and we hope you love this amazing tea.