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Ancient Tree Purple

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Ancient Tree Purple

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For a very limited time, we present the Ancient Tree Purple.

The daliensis plant—a cousin of tea—grows wild in the forests of Yunnan. Because it is extremely difficult to cultivate (with a strike rate of less than three percent), most daliensis are wild arbor or foraged. Chinese classification calls any tree over one hundred years of age "Gu Shu" or "Ancient Tree". Like many daliensis plants, these leaves show signs of anthocyanin, the nutritious pigment responsible for turning blueberries blue—resulting in a purple-like appearance of the leaves. This arbor is minimally maintained by the local villagers who, in early spring, pick new growth, along with the forest’s wild mushrooms and herbs as a source of income.

These harvests are usually reserved for high-grade puer tea. In this case, however, these leaves have been processed as a black tea. No chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides or herbicides were used in the cultivation of this style. The tea was processed by hand, using the old Gong Fu Dian Hong ("Great Skill Yunnan Red") method, bundled in cloth during oxidation and shaped and fired by hand in a small pan rather than a conveyor fed oven. Notes of lactic acid, blueberries, and wildflower with a lingering eucalyptus finish.
 


Region: Feng Qing, Lincang, Yunnan, China

Elevation: 2,000-2,200 meters above sea level

Variety: Daliensis (Native Heirloom)

Harvest Date: March 25-April 5, 2017

Producer: Ms. Han Feng Qing

Brewing Recommendation: 5g tea | 12 oz water | 205F | 4 minutes