2019 was a very good year for tea due to less rain. For this reason, we found that 2019 tea was of outstanding quality. Despite the short aging period, tea from 2019 production already has a sweet scent like dried jujube.
Ripe pu-erh is very common in tea market. However, it's difficult to find ripe pu-erh that gives very long-lasting taste.
Wu Liang Shan Ripe Pu-erh gives dried fruit flavor and long lasting flavor. Its smooth and gentle taste travels deep down into the chest. The quality of good tea is defined by after taste. In Yunnan, it is so easy to find ripe pu-erh. Despite ripe pu-erh has very short history, it is massively produced by the factory and every tea shop including the shop in the airport is selling ripe pu-erh. Usually ripe pu-erh is produced by the factory, while raw pu-erh, especially those from old tea tree, is produced by minority people. Factory has to commit for production quantity and therefore they source material from the garden. In Yunnan, the garden tea is planted in less than 40 years ago. The tea tree is very young. That is why most of the ripe pu-erh available in commercial tea market has very less after taste. When we look for ripe pu-erh, we determine to look for tea with very thick body and deep after taste.
I was very interested in this tea even before I tried it. It was because that this tea was made from old tea tree. This is very rare when of ripe pu-erh tea. Usually old tree tea is processed into raw pu-erh as they can sell it at better price. In a way, this is a very special ripe tea.
|Wu Liang mountain range||
Tea grows in the mountain
Wu Liang Shan ripe pu-erh is made of tea aged about 200-300 years old.
The tea tree is not planted in the garden, but at the slope of the mountain. Thanks to the limited extent of trimming, the branches become very slim and the size of tealeaf is small and consistent. The minority people has to climb up the tree and pluck tea by hand.
Effects to our body
Tea that gives long finishing in taste and flavor is very rich in iron. Once you drink this tea, you feel warm, your face blushes and you feel very relax. The iron also contributes in formation of blood, circulation and good sleep. Thanks to improved blood circulation, you feel relax and once you fall into sleep, you can have better sleep.
|Plucking tea is not an easy job||
There are a number of old tea trees availale in Wu Liang Shan
Shape VS Quality
Some customers tend to think that mini tuo cha is of lower quality. In fact, the shape after the compression has nothing to do with its quality. We purchase tea in loose leaf and send it to the factory to compress. Usually we are the one who decide the shape.
Brewing TipsPlease note that the brewing time for this tea is very short. I suggest to brew 1 piece of mini tuo cha with 300ml of water. Please make sure brew not more than 10-15 seconds. For second brewing onwards, you have to immediately pour out the tea after you pour in hot water. If you happen to brew too thick, this tea gives a slight bitter taste. If you feel that it is bitter, please dilute it with hot water.
|Loose leaves before compression||If tea looks as thick as this photo, you need to dilute it with hot water.