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.
marigold, chrysanthemum, honey
lotus leaf, burdock
floral - marigold, chrysanthemum, honey
fruit - banana, apricot
spice - aloeswood, coriander
vegetal - lotus leaf, burdock
DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2017
QianjiazhaiMt. Ailao, Yunnan
Qianjiazhai AssamicaTea Varietal
In early autumn when Gu Hua tea is being harvested, Qianjiazhai blooms with fragrant golden tea flowers. Master Zhou and Master Deng have recently started picking the flowers for their own steeping and enjoyment. This year Master Zhou agreed to set aside some of his precious tea flowers to blend with sheng pu’er for a unique flavor. After much experimentation, he found a perfect blend ratio to pair with tea flowers- 60% leaf from trees between eight hundred and a thousand years old often set aside for single tree pressings, 25% Zun series leaf from trees mostly between three hundred and eight hundred years old, and 15% tea flowers. This precious small batch of cakes is an incredible opportunity to taste taste the effect of tea flowers in old tree Qianjiazhai cakes and see how they affect aging over time.
'Mr. Deng got in touch with old classmates and raised enough money to build his own workshop, inviting friends and neighbors from his home town to pick tea when they weren’t picking walnuts. He passes on his knowledge and offers a generous price to anyone who can help him pick tea, remembering his own hardship as he got started as a wild forager. He officially joined the Dongsa Farmer’s Cooperative five years ago, and his craftsmanship has been getting better every year under Mr. Zhou’s watchful eye'
4 g.6-8 oz.use 208° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times add 10 sec. each infusion
5 g.6 ozuse 208° watersteep 6 seconds add 3 sec. per steepingenjoy many steepings