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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 FLORAL – rose, marigold
  • VERY SAVORY – malt, cashew
  • FRUITY – grape, pear
  • SPICY – sandalwood, cedar
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DATE OF PICKINGApril 2019
QianjiazhaiMt. Ailao, Yunnan
ELEVATION2140 m
Qianjiazhai AssamicaTea Varietal

This tea is wild-foraged by the Li Family of the Dongsa Cooperative within the Mt Ailao National Forest Preserve. The silvery buds and twisting golden leaves are picked from ancient tea trees between one hundred and eight hundred years old scattered between other evergreens, and wildflowers on the rocky mountainside. This incredibly labor-intensive tea to harvest is actually allowed to sun-roast and oxidize without applying heat in a wok. Because more moisture is retained in the leaf, this black tea is a fantastic candidate for aging like traditional sheng pu’er. Only a high-elevation remote place like Qianjiazhai can count on enough sunlight in the spring for this old but rare finishing technique. The result is a tea with the sweet malt of a black tea but the staggering complexity and herbaceous undertones of a sheng pu’er. A true standout!

The Qianjiazhai Dongsa Cooperative is a loose-knit association of farmer-foragers within the Mt. Ailao National Forest Preserve committed to protecting and sustaining the ancient tea trees, and inspiring more interest in the oldest tea forest in the world through their devoted craft. This tea is wild-picked from trees between 500-800 years old, many of which need to be climbed to forage successfully. All of this black tea is from the Li Family deep in the preserve, Mr. Li doubles as the conservation officer for the region and works with his to preserve the original forests for generations to come. He spreads the tea in bamboo baskets to oxidize fully in the sun and then spreads the tea in thinner layers to dry. This tea is uniquely not fired or heated at any point, making it still technically a pu’er, suitable for long term aging.

Steeping Instructions

Western

4 g.6-8
oz.
use 208° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times
add 10 sec. each infusion

Gongfu

5 g.6  oz.use 208° watersteep 6 seconds
add 3 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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