Da Xue Shan is in Lincang Region of Southwest Yunnan. In the peak (3430m) of the Mountain, it is covered by snow. So it is named. The wild tea (often called as Shan Cha by Yunnan farmers) grows in the altitude around 2000-2300m in the mountain. Although growing in the very high altitude, it germinates earlier than other common teas. In the end of March, the tea is well ready for harvesting. The Da Xue Shan Ye Sheng Cha is renowned for its wild orchid flavor and mild mellow taste. It is a quite popular tea among puerh tea drinkers
The Da Xue Shan Ye Sheng Cha grows in the forestry.
The altitude where tea grows in Da Xue Shan is around 2000-2300m.
The tea ages hundreds of years
The Ye Sheng Cha has two distinct characters. One is that is has nearly no hair on the tender shoot, the other is that even the shoot grows long, it is still with leaf sheath.
It is Mar.29th. The local farmers of Li Su race are harvesting the tea. Li Su is a rare race in Yunnan of China. They live in the big mountains and it seems most of them would rather produce less and live a simple life.
They are quite experienced tree climbers.
In the evening, a small bare field in the mountains becomes the temporary ‘market’. Farmers come to sell their teas to the tea processing works. (The Li Su farmers themselves just do tea harvesting and not engaged in tea processing).
The tea is hand fried.
The tea is dried under the Sun. The material harvested in early Spring and under the sunny and dry climate of Yunnan turns to excellent quality.
This is the Mao Cha of Da Xue Shan Ye Sheng Cha. It can be compressed into different size of cakes and tuocha.
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