Crassicolumna is an ancient, wild near-tea relative to the modern camellia sinensis plant, native to the tea forests of Qianjiazhai deep in the mountains. Naturally caffeine-free, Crassicolumna is packed with captivating deep spiced flavor and texture. It has the complexity of pu’er, but a wild flavor all its own.
The Zhenyuan Dongsa Cooperative of Qianjiazhai is a loose-knit coalition of families across the remote mountaintops of China’s oldest tea forests dedicated to sustainable stewardship of the wild tea plants like Crassicolumna, and careful foraging from trees that can be over a thousand years old.
Master Zhou founded the cooperative to refine the finishing craft and picking techniques across Qianjiazhai and bring more well-deserved respect to one of China’s most important but also most unknown tea regions. This tasting kit is a deep dive into the conservation work the cooperative is engaged in, exploring the Crassicolumna tea that farmers are allowed to wild-forage in exchange for working to prevent overharvesting of these ancient from outsiders or poachers.
In this kit, you’ll taste the careful heat-free sun drying craft of Qianjiazhai’s crassicolumna sheng pu’er, the slow oxidation of their wild black tea, and the sweet intensity of the budset yabao, and a unique oxidized yabao black tea.