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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, wild-foraging and hand-finishing every leaf using traditional craft.

Tasting Profile

  • VERY SPICY – clove, juniper, cedar
  • VEGETAL – alfalfa
  • FRUITY – raspberry
  • SAVORY – milk
  • A LITTLE FLORAL – vanilla
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QianjiazhaiMt. Ailao, Yunnan
Camellia CrassicolumnaBotanical Name

Available in pressed 100g cakes, this tea is picked from the early spring leaves and tender buds of the Camellia Crassicolumna tree, a close relative of the tea plant native to Qianjiazhai. Crassicolumna is naturally caffeine-free and high in antioxidants. The Dongsa Cooperative slowly oxidizes this tea in the sun before drying it to finish it just like their traditional black tea. This tea is sustainably harvested from ancient Crassicolumna trees growing wild in the Ailao mountains.

" This tea is striking in its complexity and depth. The brew was deep amber, almost more similar to the color of Rou Gui Wuyi Oolong than to black tea. The flavor was packed with floral gardenia, sweet grapes and an aftertaste that reminded us of cotton candy. As we steeped it out we got lychee, candied rose, honey and pineapple skin... "

Steeping Instructions


5 g.6-8
use 205° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times
add 10 sec. each infusion


5 g.6  oz.use 205° watersteep 8 seconds
add 4 sec. per steeping
enjoy many steepings


5 g.12
use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
(8 to 12 hours)
add ice & enjoy

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