Mountain Gate - Ai Lao Mtn. Ancient Tree Sheng Puerh 2016 - 2 oz.
This extraordinary tea was handpicked from 800 to 1,800-year-old trees deep in the forests of the Ai Lao Mountain range in Yunnan, China. Yunnan is the birthplace of all tea, and the cradle of Cha Dao. Old and wise trees such as these have been a part of the cultural heritage of the local aboriginal people for millennia. In fact, many of the tribes in Yunnan believe they are descended from Tea. The local tribe, called the Ku Chuong, believe that in drinking this tea your heart sees clearly and you can never get lost. Mountain Gate brings you deep into the forest with flavors of tea honey, white flowers, sap and sweet grass. The Qi is incredibly deep and yin, lasting for many hour following the tea session.
The original caretaker of these leaves is our friend Auntie Ai Li Juan from the village of Qian Jia Zhai, in the Ai Lao Mountains. She is a true tea lover and celebrates her indigenous culture. A vast amount of the funds she raises from the production of old-growth Puerh is being devoted to a new center that will preserve the Ku Chuong handmade tea skills as well as other aspects of their cultural heritage, from weaving to singing and dancing. All of the ancient trees surrounding Qian Jia Zhai are protected by the local council, and the farmers cooperate in their harvest. The trees are numbered and also guarded by a forestry service to prevent over-harvesting or other harmful agriculture, like agrochemicals. Only a very limited amount is harvested each year, and always by hand; it takes hours to hike into the forest where the old trees are. The magical liquor of this tea was ordered in May of 2016 when around twenty-five Global Tea Hut members traveled to Qian Jia Zhai village together. We are grateful to have such a special old-growth tea processed in the traditional way.