Shanye Tian (Woodland)

Loose Leaf Shu Puer 2018

A loose-leaf shu puer with a clean, lingering sweetness. Rich notes of fresh wood, earth and moss evoke the scent of walking through the forest after a rainstorm. A tea with the same origin and processing techniques as Shu Longzhu (Sweet Dragon Ball).

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Tea Origin
Lancang County, Pu'er City, Yunnan Province, China

Tea Bush
Yunnan Dayezhong (Yunnan Large Leaf Tea Tree)

Tea Maker
Chen Keke and Li Dong

Harvest Time
Early April

Plucking Standard
One bud, two leaves

A rich and deep-flavored shu puer that brews clean, sweet and lingering. Made with unusually high quality tender young leaves from old growth tea trees to create impressive layered complexity.

Shanye Tian (Woodland) is a high quality shu puer tea made with unusually good leaf material. Normally, the ripening process that gives shu puer its darkness and smoothness is risky because it is difficult to control the microbial growth as the piled leaves ripen. Rather than risk ruining expensive tea leaves, tea makers reserve them for unripened sheng puer cakes. However, after three years of research developing the small batch technique used to make Sweet Dragon Ball, tea makers can now control the ripening process carefully enough to work with higher quality leaf.

In the case of Shanye Tian, the result is a shu puer that is exceptionally clean and smooth, yet whose flavor retains the deep, layered complexity of a quality sheng puer. Soft sweet and mineral flavors reveal themselves in later infusions.

Leaves for Shanye Tian are sourced in the Lan Cang area in southwestern Yunnan Province. This tea is harvested from trees of varying ages that are on average 60 years old or older. These trees grow under the canopy of Yunnan’s subtropical highland forests in their natural environment. Grown without the use of agricultural fertilizers and pesticides, these trees are largely untended except for minimal maintenance by the local residents.

Taste the similarities between this tea and its counterpart, Shu Longzhu (Sweet Dragon Ball).

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.

Shanye Tian (Woodland) 2018 brewing guidelines

5 grams (1 Tb) tea

12 oz 100°C (212ºF) water

3 min. first infusion

At least 5 infusions: 3, 3, 5, 8, 10 minutes