Bing Dao is a village in the Xibanshan of Mengku of Lincang Region, Yunnan Provicne. The old tree Pu-erh tea Bing Dao is the most famous one which is from Lincang Region, among the many famous pu-erh teas in Yunnan. The Bing Dao village is not very big. The area is 2.51 square kilometer. And the population is 1064.
It is recorded that in 1485 the headman of Mianning (Nowadays Lincang) asked his men to purchase 200 tea seeds from Yiwu 易武, and planted in the Bing Dao village. Most of the tea seeds grew up. And now there are around 20 old trees planted at that time still alive there. So the oldest tea tree in Bing Dao is around 500 years old. In the long time of growing, the tea has formed a cutivar, Mengku Big Leaf Tea, though it was originated from South Yunnan, Xishuangbanna.
The altiutde of Bing Dao village is around 1300m, which is not a high altitude in the Yunnan tea mountains. But here the climate is special in that the sunlight is very strong and the air is dry, especially in the Spring tea season. In this kind of conditons the tea grow slowly and the water content in tea leaf is low, which makes the tea produced here has rich quality contents and suitable to make fine quality teas.
The Bing Dao Pu-erh tea has strong Cha Qi, the taste is strong and deep with sweet aftertaste. And the experienced tea drinkers can feel a kind of rock sugar 冰糖 sweet flavor from the tea. The Bing Dao pu-erh lasts a lot of brewings. By Gaiwan, it can be infused for more than 20 times.
The fame of Bing Dao pu-erh has become hot after year 2005. Espcially after year 2012, many tea investors went there. The price of Bing Dao Pu-erh made by the oldest tea trees are very very high nowadays. There are tea trees palnted later, which aged hundred of years, tens of years. The price differs by age. If the processing is well done, the quality is also very good despite of age. Because the material from this area is really good.
Bing Dao pu-erh tea also behave very good in stocking. The rich flavor and taste transforms very well during the keeping. The vintage Bing Dao of five years gives sweet wine flavor and the taste is soft smooth mellow.
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