This is another very rare opportunity to drink some excellent old-growth puerh tea. This year we traveled to Jingmai with Master Tsai, who has a long-standing friendship with a local family. Snow, our guide, had already gone ahead a month earlier to make sure that we got fresh spring tea, and that they chose from older trees in the forest for our cakes. She supervised the entire process and collected the tea back to Kunming right away. Our cakes are all from old trees, ranging in age from 200 to 800 years.
The tea is stunning, with a powerful and vibrant Qi that takes you directly to the forest. These trees speak old languages we’ve all but forgotten. This is amongst the most powerful teas we’ve ever tried.
The Jingmai tea growing area covers the Lancang County villages of Jingmai and Mangjing. This stretch of 10,000mu cultivated ancient tea gardens has upwards of a thousand years of history. Scholars believe the Jingmai tea mountain was first cultivated over 1200 years ago in 696 C.E. by the ancestors of the Bulang people. The next several dynasties saw a succession of tea planting, leading to the current scale of cultivation. The Jingmai Old-Growth Tea Garden is one of the largest conservatories for old tea trees in the world. It is, furthermore, completely protected and one-hundred percent organic, living tea. In all of our travels in Yunnan, we have never visited a place with a greater concentration of tea trees. Unlike the tall trees in Ai Lao, which are very unique due to the altitude and deciduous nature of the forest, the trees in Jingmai are the more typical jungle/rainforest kind of tea tree, with twisted fairy-tale trunks and branches covered in mold, fungus, vines and other species like Crab’s Claw, which we had the fortune to add to a bowl or two. The forest here sings of tea—a song that we hope you hear through these pages!
The minimum contribution for one of these amazing 250g cakes is 108USD. You are welcome to donate anything beyond that, knowing that it will help bring us closer to building our new center! This price does not include shipping, which will be quoted to you and depend on your country. If you are interested in having one of these 200 cakes or have any questions that weren’t answered here, please contact us.