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Produced By Dongsa Cooperative

The Qianjiazhai Dongsa Cooperative was established to be a steward to the oldest tea forest in the world, wild-foraging and hand-finishing every leaf using traditional craft.

Tasting Profile

  • VERY SPICY – sandalwood, ginger
  • VEGETAL – eucalyptus
  • FRUITY – orange peel
  • A LITTLE SAVORY – carob, marshmallow
DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2017
QianjiazhaiMt. Ailao, Yunnan
ELEVATION2000-2250m
Camellia CrassicolumnaBotanical Name

This tea is sustainably wild-foraged from ancient Camellia Crassicolumna (厚轴茶) tree, a close relative of tea native to Qianjiazhai. Crassicolumna is naturally caffeine-free and rich in antioxidants. The giant leaves and buds picked from this wild-growing tree stock are allowed to gently sun dry without any heat processing to keep the most natural flavor. Wild crassicolumna trees can be anywhere between several hundred and over a thousand years old, and are incredibly tall and difficult to climb to harvest these precious leaves, but the rich nuanced flavor and lingering aftertaste is worth the effort. Master Zhou pressed the leaf material from part of this years harvest into 100g cakes perfect for aging and long term storage.

" The flavor was much more savory with sweet miso notes, sesame, and grape leaf. As the tea steeped out over many steepings, we tasted wild clover and honey. When pushed for long steepings, the tea became more funky and tropical with sugarcane and the sort of sweet potato flavor you might get in Rum Agricole... "

Steeping Instructions

Western

5 g.6-8
oz.
use 205° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times
add 10 sec. each infusion

Gongfu

5 g.6  oz.use 205° watersteep 8 seconds
add 4 sec. per steeping
enjoy many steepings

Iced/Cold

5 g.12
 oz.
use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
(8 to 12 hours)
add ice & enjoy

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