It is very rare that a tea lover gets to drink tea like this: actual and true “old-growth” tea. And not only is this amazing tea handpicked from up to 1800-year-old trees deep in the forests of the Ai Lao Mountain range in Yunnan, China, but the proceeds of the raw material are shared by the entire tribe, and the land is protected, gated, with every tea tree numbered! The cakes are traditionally stone-pressed with no machinery used! Yunnan is the birthplace of all tea, and the cradle of Cha Dao. Old and wise trees such as these have been a part of the cultural heritage of the local aboriginal people for millennia. In fact, many of the tribes in Yunnan believe they are descended from Tea. The local tribe, called the Ku Chuong, believe that in drinking this tea your heart sees clearly and you can never get lost. May every sip be your guide!
Ai Li Juan is a Ku Chuong from the village of Qian Jia Zhai, in the Ai Lao Mountains. She loves tea and her culture. A vast amount of the funds she raises from the production of old-growth Puerh is being devoted to a new center that will preserve the Ku Chuong handmade tea skills as well as other aspects of their cultural heritage, from weaving to singing and dancing. All of the ancient trees surrounding Qian Jia Zhai are protected by the local council, and the farmers cooperate in their harvest. The trees are numbered and also guarded by a forestry service to prevent over-harvesting or other harmful agriculture, like agrochemicals. Only a very limited amount is harvested each year, and always by hand; it takes hours to hike into the forest where the old trees are. For that reason, only 190 of these cakes were made. The magical liquor of this tea was ordered in May of 2016 when around twenty-five Global Tea Hut members traveled to Qian Jia Zhai together to purchase the tea.
The minimum contribution for one of these amazing 260g 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 190 cakes or have any questions that weren’t answered here, please contact us.