Sweet Mountain (Da Shan Tian)

Sheng Puer Tea Cake 200g 2015

These cakes brew a soft, sweet, and bright infusions but still deliver the flavor complexity sheng puer is known for.

$49.00


Tea Origin
Bai Ying Shan, Ling Cang area Yunnan Province

Tea Bush
Xiao Bai Ya

Harvest Time
before Qing Ming Festival (April 5th)


While young sheng puer is known for its rich and sometimes astringent flavors, its also possible to find teas in this style that are mild and even sweet; Da Shan Tian is one of these teas. We’d suggest this green puer to new puer drinkers, due to its soft flavor and sweetness. Even with long infusions there will be no bitterness, the infusion remains pleasantly light and with a bright color. This tea can be enjoyed all day without too strongly affecting your metabolism.

OriGIN

The origin of Da Shan Tian’s leaves, Bai Ying Mountain, is known for having more than 10,000 tea trees older than 100 years old. The oldest of all the tea trees in this area is estimated to be around 2400 years old. An elderly widow owns this oldest tree currently, as it was a wedding gift from her husband’s parents.

Tea has been grown and consumed in this area for a very long time. Tea was long before used as a medicinal herb or as food. In fact, it took a thousand years or more for it to transition to a popular beverage. Chinese medicine practitioners to this day use leaves from old bushes or tea trees as high quality herbs for detox.

Like Black Stripe, this tea is also grown at the highest known altitude for tea trees in Yunnan province (about 2800 meters.) The leave material comes from tea bushes that have a yellowish tint to their leaves and rapidly growing branches, proving they are vibrant and thriving. The leaves are also broader, more rounded than most other tea trees. Locals call this tea Da Shan Tian, which means this tea has a unique sweetness, because it comes from their high mountain, which has many varieties of tea trees.

The producer will pick these leaves in early spring while they are still yellow tinted and heavy with amino acids, granting sweetness and complexity. Tea producers often say that quality tea produced from high elevation will have more sweetness, aroma and complexity in flavor. Da Shan Tian delivers this character in a flavor that is at once complex and approachably soft.

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.

Sweet Mountain (Da Shan Tian) brewing guidelines

Weight per piece: 200 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 to infuse for 5 minutes.
2nd infusion — Boiling water, infuse for 2 minutes
3rd infusion — Boiling water, infuse for 3 minutes
4th to 7th infusion — Boiling water, infuse for 5 minutes
Infusions: at least 7 times