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2014 Qianjiazhai Yi Ji Shu Pu'er

2014 Qianjiazhai Yi Ji Shu Pu'er

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Wild Yunnan Pu'er
with a classic finish
Wild-foraged from ancient tea trees and allowed to ferment in small batches before nearly a decade of aging, this tea is sparkling, clean and sweet with notes of elderberry, cedar, and barley.
Spring 2014 ♦ Mt. Ailao, Yunnan
Wild Yunnan Pu'er
with a classic finish
Wild-foraged from ancient tea trees and allowed to ferment in small batches before nearly a decade of aging, this tea is sparkling, clean and sweet with notes of elderberry, cedar, and barley.
Spring 2014 ♦ Mt. Ailao, Yunnan
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Crafted by the Dongsa Cooperative

True zero-intervention wild tea, foraged from ancient tea forests in one of the most remote tea growing regions in the world.
 
The Dongsa Cooperative was founded to promote responsible stewardship of these tea forests and pass on old-school pu’er hand-crafting techniques that yield incredibly complex tea.
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2014
    • QianjiazhaiMt. Ailao, Yunnan
    • ELEVATION1900m
    • V. AssamicaTea Varietal

    Master Zhou works with his students in the Qianjiazhai Dongsa Cooperative to start introducing shu pu’er fermentation and crafting techniques more widely across the mountain. This stunningly clean, rich and foresty example is crafted from pre-Qingming harvest maocha picked from one hundred to five hundred year trees. Even with only less than 10 years of aging, it displays the clean rich complexity normally only seen on shu pu’er a decade old or older.

    This pu'er is available in 100g cakes and 250g pressings.

100g mini cake pressing
250g Xiao Jin Gua pressing
  • true
    65
    elderberry
    true
    70
    cedar, sandalwood, allspice
    true
    75
    molasses, barley

    Tasting Profile

    • fruit - elderberry
    • spice - cedar, sandalwood, allspice
    • savory - molasses, barley

the Dongsa Cooperative also recommends:

  1. 2014 Shu Pu'er Nuggets
    2014 Shu Pu'er Nuggets
    This tea is a new experiment from one of Master Zhou's former students, another member of the cooperative. Qianjiazhai one hundred to three hundred year wild-picked leaves and buds are pile-fermented until they clump together in tight balls in the heat. The balls ferment and age differently than loose tea and yield a rich vanilla-heavy flavor that is impossible to steep out.
  2. Gong Ting Shu Dragon Pearls
    Gong Ting Shu Dragon Pearls

    The Cooperative's first-ever shu pu’er dragon pearl pressing, this tea is made with beautiful little 2014 buds, allowed to ferment slowly under natural moisture conditions for a sweet and clean flavor profile that shows off the herbaceous side of Qianjaizhai. The loosely pressed. dragon pearls are compact enough for long-term aging and small enough to allow for single brew sessions without having to break apart a bigger cake of tea. The loose hand-twisted compression allows for better and more even aging than anything a machine could achieve.

  3. 2014 Loose Gong Ting Shu
    2014 Loose Gong Ting Shu

    Qianjiazhai Gong Ting Shu Pu'er is still a very new practice, made only by one of Master Zhou's students in the cooperative. Using the giant buds of Qianjiazhai's wild trees between 100 and three hundred years of age, this tea is carefully and slowly pile fermented to bring out a deep rich sweetness unlike any other shu pu'er out there. Master Zhou was so excited by this experiment he is sharing the technique across the cooperative and encourage more members to keep developing the craft.

  • 'This Spring, we were lucky to return to Qianjiazhai to meet more of the talented people behind Qianjiazhai’s old tree pu’er and black tea. Through the cooperative, these families and individuals can work together the share resources and knowledge, teaching and learning from each other while protecting and acting as stewards over tea trees in the oldest tea forest in the world'

  • 4
    6-8
    205
    30 seconds
    15-30
    4
    6
    205
    10 seconds
    10-30
    4
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    4 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 205° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times
    add 15-30 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    4 g.6 ozuse 205° watersteep 10 seconds
    add 10-30 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    4 g.12
    oz.
    use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy