Yi Wu Mountain

Ancient Tree Green Puer Cake 400g 2012

This cake is made from only Yi Wu Mountain leaves picked in the traditional way of picking the very top buds and the first one or two leaves during the spring harvest. This tea is known for a slight honey flavor which is lighter than tea made from You Le Mountain. This cake was fermented naturally and is easy to store.

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Tea Origin
Puer Town Area, Yi Wu Mountain, Yunnan Province

Picking Standard
1bud, 2 or 3 leaves

Yi Wu Mountain is one of the six famous tea mountains in Yunnan Province and was a stop on the ancient tea horse road. In 1735,  a road was constructed out of carved stone blocks from Yi Yu mountain to Puer City.  On this road, mao cha would travel from the mountain to the city to be pressed into cakes. Yi Wu was a gathering point for the maocha from the other “six famous mountains” of Yunnan. It wasn’t until years later that people from Shi Ping began to compress tea into cakes in Yi Wu which they would sell to the border regions. Yi Wu mountain is only 30 km from the Laos border, making it a convenient point for exporting tea in these days.
This tea is purchased from a 7th generation tea making family, descended from the Shi Ping People who set up the processing camps in Yi Wu.  This tea is from 100-year-old large trees with thick (15-20 cm diameter) trunks. Each one of these trees only yields about 12 kilos of tea in the early spring. As a result of the ongoing drought in Yunnan, these trees yield slower and slower. Originally they could be plucked every two weeks, but now they can only harvest from them once every few months.

Yi Wu’s classic character is very different from the other mountains. It brews with a thick texture, and an extremely soft and sweet flavor so one does not have to worry about carefully brewing this tea to prevent it from being too astringent. Local tea producers infuse this tea very aggressively (8 g of tea, steeped at 2 minutes) and still it produces very drinkable tea without bitterness. Yet, it still brews a layered and complex cup of tea that changes with each infusion.

This cake is made from only Yi Wu Mountain leaves picked in the traditional way of picking the very top buds and the first one or two leaves during the spring harvest. This tea is known for a slight honey flavor which is lighter than tea made from You Le Mountain. This cake was fermented naturally and is easy to store.

No chemical fertilizer, pesticide, or herbicide was used in the production of this tea. Click here to read more about our promise to fair trade and the environment.

 

Yi Wu Mountain brewing guidelines

Weight per piece: 357 grams

How to store: Store in a dark, well ventilated area with less than 70% humidity. Less than 25 degrees C or 77 degrees F. Store in the paper or fabric, not plastic. Keep away from odors and fragrances.

How to infuse: Any cup, pot, or gaiwan made of porcelain, glass, yixing clay, iron, or other material will work.

Brewing Guidelines: 1st infusion — Loosen and gently break off about 5 grams of tea from the brick for approx. 12 ounces water. Use boiling water (212 degrees F) and infuse for 2 minutes. 2nd infusion — Boiling water, infuse for 2 minutes 3rd infusion — Boiling water, infuse for 3-5 minutes 4th to 7th (or more) infusions — Boiling water, infuse for 5 minutes Infusions: 7 or more times