The wise tea master Lao Cha was on a pilgrimage. He heard there is a land far away, where the tea trees have remained untouched.
After his long journey, he reached the high mountains of Guo Gan, Myanmar. He couldn't get enough of the fresh alpine air, wishing he could breathe it forever.
After carefully harvesting the tea leaves, Lao Cha made the journey back home. A year later, during one scorching day, he found the carefully wrapped pu-erh cake. Just a sip made him feel refreshed and energized. He felt the mountain breeze and the aroma of the trees.
Guo Gan Ancient Tree Raw Pu-erh grows wildly in the luscious alpine forests of Myanmar, at more than 1000m above sea level. The high altitudes play a vital role in the mountain-filled aroma of the tea.
The Guo Gan Myanmar Autonomous Region is known for its pristine ecological environment, where tea has grown for hundreds of years. The wild tea trees are still untouched and in their original form. Tea trees form an ecosystem together with other native plants and insects in this pristine surrounding with no usage of pesticides or fertilizers.
Our raw Guogan pu-erh tea is still very young. However, unlike other sheng pu-erhs, it is undeniably smooth and mellow. One gong fu style session with this tea can easily last well over ten infusions. The tea cake hides large, plump tea buds and leaves with a noticeable white fuzz cover. Under the boiling water's caress, they ooze a clear, bright orange tea soup. Taking a sip, you will feel as if you were carried away to the high mountains of Myanmar, surrounded by the untouched nature, where the tea comes from. The fresh, invigorating aroma mixes floral notes with wonderful woodiness. The taste exudes pleasant bitterness with a long-lasting mountain flavor and a pronounced sweet aftertaste.
The Guogan Region is abundant in large-leaf ancient trees. That makes it a famous source for high-end Pu'er tea. Another major advantage of the region is its pristine surrounding. Here, tea trees have grown for centuries without any human intervention, including the usage of pesticides or fertilizers. Many people say that they felt nature's spirit when drinking GuoGan tea.
Guo Gan is mostly mountainous and hilly. It lies on the end of the famous Bangma Daxue Mountain, which crosses the border with China and enters Myanmar. On its other end, in China lies the world-famous Bingdao village. That is one of the places where some of the most expensive pu-erh in China come from. Since Guogan and Bingdao lie on both ends of the mountains, they have identical rich soil and ecological environment, and their ancient teas share the same rich and intoxicating fragrance.
While this pu-erh cake can be easily enjoyed as is, we also recommend aging it. In fact, this sheng pu-erh is perfect for aging! A few years of aging will surely add complexity and an even smoother, softer taste.
• Tea Tree: Yunnan large-leaf
212℉ / 100℃
6g per 500ml 3-4min
6g per 120ml 5sec + 5sec for each subsequent infusion