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.
ginger, sparkling minerality, cedar
savory - brown sugar
spice - ginger, sparkling minerality, cedar
floral - honey, osmanthus
fruit - dried apple
Qianjiazhai Mt. Ailao
For a few extraordinary weeks at the beginning of autumn, every wild tea tree in Qianjiazhai puts out deeply aromatic golden blossoms. In recent years the Dongsa Cooperative, led by Master Zhou, has experimented with picking small amounts of the rich evocative tea flowers to blend with their wild-picked ancient-tree teas. Craft and terroir have come together beautifully for this 2019 early autumn harvest from Qianjiazhai's wild tea trees, picked at the same time as the iconic tea flowers are blooming. The Dongsa Cooperative wild-forages buds and tender leaves from tea trees between one hundred and three hundred years of age for this loose sheng pu'er blend. Every hand-picked leaf is withered and sun-dried in bamboo baskets, with little or no heat exposure to lock in the most wild and natural flavor of one of the most remote growing regions in the world. The tea flowers bring out textural depth and even sweeter undertones in this already sweet and supremely drinkable young sheng.
'Within Qianjiazhai, there is little to no cultivated tea. Members of the Zhenyuan Dongsa cooperative forage from wild tea trees that have been growing for generations, scattered across the mountainsides. They have rights to sustainable foraging because they can trace back their family in the region to generations before the land was set aside as a protected forest preserve.'
5 g.6-8 oz.use
205° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times add 10 sec. each infusion
5 g.6 ozuse 205° watersteep 8 seconds add 4 sec. per steepingenjoy many steepings