We have been introducing Bai Ying Shan tea since 2012. We are becoming very familiar with the area around Bai Ying Shan.
In 2017, we discovered the new tea mountain in Bai Ying Shan. 2017 tea is considered a completely different cup of tea from the 2015 vintage. Both 2015 and 2017 tea are from the sustainable tea garden. But the garden of 2017 tea is called Ye Fang tea garden in Chinese , which means wild tea garden.
Tea garden has been left for years just like the way Tarzan was. The tea trees are grown without pesticide, fertilizer and not even with pruning.
The average age of tea trees is more than 100 years. As a result, the tea gives a rich flavour on the palate with deep and long-lasting sweetness aftertaste. This tea was harvested on 9th to 13th April. During this period, tea was not fully grown yet. But we knew that it would rain after mid April. So, even though it was a little early, we decided to harvest the fresh tea leaf before the weather turned rainy.
In making Bai Ying Shan Raw pu-erh, the plucking standard of fresh tea leaves is 1 bud and 2 leaves. It gives a very gentle and soft mouth feel thanks to the higher ratio of young buds. At the same time, it gives a very clear and transparent taste as it is the typical character of Ye Fang tea. Based on our experience, Ye Fang tea is very rich in polyphenol. It ages outstandingly well. Bai Ying Shan 2017 is now giving a sweet flavor that reminds us of brown sugar, sugar cane, honey or sweet corn. This is a good example if one wishes to understand the aging effect of pu-erh tea.