In his own words, Master Zhang speaks about the craft that goes into making Anxi Oolong teas. From the technical processes to watching the weather, Master Zhang explains that – no matter what – you have to work according to the tea. The process of making tieguanyin is bringing the tea back and forth between […]
"The process of making tieguanyin is bringing the tea back and forth between withered and alive." In his own words, Master Zhang speaks about the craft that goes into making Anxi Oolong teas. From the technical processes to watching the weather, as Master Zhang explains, "you have to work according to the tea. You have to constantly think of the tea."
In his own words, Mr. Li walks us through his family’s workshop. The Li Family uses a variety of traditional and modern method to create their Wuyi oolong teas. From withering to firing, the processes take at least 24 hours, with roasted teas taking months of additional work. As Mr. Li explains in the video, making Wuyi oolong […]
In her own words, tea farmer He QingQing explains how she and her family make black tea in Laoshan Village, Shandong, China. In Laoshan, black tea oxidizes traditionally over three days without the help of specialized machines. This means every batch of black tea takes three full days of skilled labor to produce! For more details on the step by step process of making Laoshan Black tea, check ou...
Camellia crassicolumna is a near-relative of tea, growing wild in Qianjiazhai. Locals, like the Li Family, call the tea "ye sheng (wild) yabao," and have been picking and finishing the leaves just like tea for as long as anyone can remember. At about 2400m above sea level, Master Zhou (current head of the Zhenyuan Dongsa Farmers' Cooperative) and Mr. Li (tea farmer and one Mt. Ailao's ecological...
Visiting the Li Family & their crassicolumna tea tree grove, Shao Hongyan writes: “I was in awe of the natural beauty here! Young and ancient, tall and short, wild tea trees were scattered over a thousand mu. Some were grafted; some were transplanted. This was a moving “kingdom” of wild tea trees…”
"Lingering aromatics, sweet sensation on the sides of the mouth Mouth watering, and a vaporous persistent quality - these are what we call Yan Yun..." In a filmed lecture from September 2016, Li Xiangxi teaches about the concept of Wuyi teas' "yan yun" in an advanced course on the aesthetics and culture of Wuyi tea. This deep dive into the theory and philosophy is a must for every tea lover who w...
In his own words, Master Zhang speaks about his experiments and research studying and working to revive Anxi's oldest form of oolong tea. Looking a little like a dragonfly in form, the Original Oolong Revival has a shape somewhere between tightly balled rolled modern Anxi oolong and strip style Wuyi oolong.
In their own words, Master Zhou and Mr. Li of the Zhenyuan Dongsa Farmers' cooperative talk about one single, old tea tree. The tea tree in this video is estimated to be about 1200-1300 years old, and is used to create editions of single tree sheng pu'er. The tree is located at 24°16'13.6"N 101°12'19.6"E, near Beidieqing and Lvshanqing on the boarder of Zhenyuan County, Yunnan.
In his own words, Master Zhou of the Zhenyuan Dongsa Farmers' cooperative talks about old tea trees in Qianjiazhai. The grove of tea trees in the video is estimated to contain individuals between 400 and 800 years old. These trees are located at 24°12'44.5"N 101°13'21.1"E, near Pasuoluo and Santaicun in Zhenyuan county, Yunnan.
In their own words, members of the Zhenyuan Dongsa Farmers Cooperative Master Zhou and Ms. Wang speak about the Wang Family's ancient tea tree in Qianjiazhai. Estimated to be about 1800 years old, the tree is located directly behind the Wang's house, at 24°16.227'N, 101°12.326'E near Wenchacun and Shanwenxian in Zhenyuan County, Yunnan.