Late Fall 2010 ancient arbor material from Yi Bang.
This Yi Bang tea is special in that it is not large leaf varietal but rather a primitive small leaf varietal that has grown in this area for hundreds if not thousands of years. Like other small leaf varietal wild arbor tea trees in Yunnan (Jing Mai), the flavor is lighter and more smooth, but the aroma is pungent and fruity.
Map of the location of Yi Bang Village is located just below
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This year’s autumn production comes from hundreds of year old tea trees!
This tea was compressed in a small tea factory in Yi Wu town where unusually large 40 kilogam stone presses were used. Low temperature (35C) “baking” was used to dry these cakes after the compression process thus preserving their integrity! In total just 30 kilograms of this tea has been produced. We have delayed sales of this cake for more than 4 weeks to allow the water vapor from pressing to dissipate. Further aging will only improve this wonderful tea!
View my tasting notes here (Yunnan Sourcing Blog)
Net Weight: 250 grams per cake (7 cakes per bamboo leaf tong)
Compression date: October 15th, 2010
Harvest time: October 2010
Harvest Area: Yi Bang, Meng La county of Xi Shuang Banna
Total Production amount: 120 cakes (30 kilograms)