Tea from high mountain above 2000m
Ma An Shan is located at the west of Lincang, quite near to Myanmar border. The name of Ma An Shan is used for the mountain as well as the small village. In Chinese, Ma An means horse saddle. It is named as such since the shape of the mountain resembles the saddle. The altitude of Ma An Shan village is around 1500-1700m. We are sourcing tea from the deeper area on the mountain where the altitude is above 2000m. Due to the huge temperature gap between days and nights, tea grows very slowly and it accumulates much more tea constituents.
Ma An Shan
Ma An Shan Village
Full body and sweetness on palateThe main characteristic of Ma An Shan tea is extremely strong body. The flavor is so rich and it gives full bodied and bold drinking sensation. Tea is produced completely in natural farming style. The farmer gives no fertilizer, no pesticide, no pruning and not even weeds are removed from the tea gardens. In other words, the Ma An Shan tea garden is not being taken care and the tea tree is grown completely in a natural environment. It makes the growing speed of tea extremely slow, and tea is very rich in polyphenols and minerals. As a result, tea gives a very long-lasting finishing; you may feel the sweetness down the throat for a long time.
Process in a traditional way
This Ma An Shan White Tea was custom-made according to our exact requirements. Before the tea season starts, we discuss with the manufacturer in detail regarding the ideal specifications of tea. For ordinary Bai Mu Dan white tea produced in Fujian province, the plucking standard is 1 bud and 2 leaves. However, we decided to follow the pu-erh or oolong plucking standard which is 1 bud and 3 leaves, as we wish to have stronger flavor and taste. We conducted the withering process for more than 2 days in order to give sufficient dehydration stress and initiates enzymatic fermentation, as such the sweetness of tea will increase more, although the color of tea leaf turns darker to beige-brown color. Nowadays, the Bai Mu Dan white tea in Fujian province is usually withered in a much shorter time since the manufacturers put emphasis on the tea color. In Fujian province, they are extremely particular about the color of tea. With a short withering process, the tealeaf can maintain green color and the appearance in overall is brighter. However, tea tends to gives a pungent greenish aroma and lacks lingering sweet taste. After a long discussion with the manufacturer, we decided not to emphasize too much on the tea color. We did not mind that some leaves turn beige color too. What we wanted was the sweetness and matured flavor. The withering process was not carried out in a specific room but under the natural wind. Tea leaves are spread on the bamboo trays and withered under the well-ventilated place. You may notice the very identical sweet aroma like Muscat grapes and a hint of raw honey and floral note.
We processed white tea in our own oven so as to remove the raw flavor and enhance the sweetness.