This tea was produced by our dear friend Mr. Liang from a slightly lower-quality and less wild forest than Heavenly Rhyme. It is still clean old-growth trees, but the types of gardens closer to the village in what we call “eco arboreal” gardens. It is actually a blend of various gardens from around the Menghai area, which allows the factory to create certain flavors and increase the amount of production. Sometimes there is debate about single-region versus blended puerh amongst tea lovers, but most all teas of the Masterpiece Era (1950-1972) and Chi Tze Era (1972-1998) were blends. A blend often means the strength of one region adds to the weakness of another. Also, as the teas sit together in storage, they fuse and become one, which is also interesting. Single region teas are also great, but blends can be magical as well. Each has its strength. The storage is very clean and the tea is deep and powerful. There is a classic Bulang buttery flavor and extreme patience (meaning we get many steepings from this tea) which suggests a large amount of Bulang tea in the blend. This was common in “classic” Menghai Factory recipes that often had Bulang, Lao Man’e and Bada tea amongst others. Due to the kindness of Mr. Liang, this tea is the perfect price for aging a tong or two and nice for daily consumption as well. These types of solid, good, clean teas are perfect for us, as they are affordable enough to drink, share and age, celebrating the extraordinary ordinary in tea. We are always thrilled to find strong, bold and clean old-growth teas that are for whatever reason “ordinary treasures.” This tea certainly falls into that category.