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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, finishing every leaf using hand processing and stone-pressing techniques.

Tasting Profile

  • VERY FRUITY – strawberry, apricot
  • VERY SPICY – cooling sparkle, pine sap
  • FLORAL – lotus, vetiver
  • SPICY – star anise, cinnamon
  • A LITTLE SAVORY – whipped cream
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DATE OF PICKINGApril 2019
QianjiazhaiMt. Ailao, Yunnan
ELEVATION1800 m
Qianjiazhai AssamicaTea Varietal

This year's Zun harvest is available in two pressings: 5g individually hand pressed draogn pearls and 100g hand pressed tea cakes. Zun, which roughly translates to “respected or venerated” is Master Zhou’s designation for a careful blend of Maocha harvested from Qianjiazhai’s ancient trees, with a mix of smaller 300 year trees for rich flavor and aroma, five to eight hundred year trees for texture and body, and a handful of thousand year tree pickings for deep lingering aftertaste. These wild trees are foraged by the Li Family of the cooperative on their high elevation plot in Qiajiazhai. Many of the trees actually need to be climbed for picking so the harvest is a labor-intensive process. Finishing is done entirely with sun-withering, slower than wok-firing but more true to the natural flavor of the region. The high elevation and extremely established rootstock of the wild trees has allowed for a spectacular harvest in Qianjiazhai despite winter rain and summer heat across lowland Yunnan in the past years, making Zun a perfect candidate for long-term aging.

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" A single eight hundred year old tree can yield up to three kilograms of finished dry leaf. The Dongsa Cooperative picks each of these trees and keeps their leaf material separate. The finished sheng pu’er maocha can either be sold as a single tree lot, blended with other 800 year trees for a single age statement pressing, or blended with 300-500 year leaves for Zun pressings.... "

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  oz.use 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 to 12 hours)
add ice & enjoy

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