Tà Xùa is a mountain range in Sơn La province famous for its high mountains and ancient trees grown in this area. This tea come from place called Ban Be, famous for its ancient tea trees garden located at about 1300 meter above sea level.
Mao Cha translates as a "rough tea" and means that this tea is unfinished and is in an intermediate stage of production. This term is used for a tea material which is ready to be steamed and pressed in case of Sheng Pu'Er production. This type of tea is used for blending and further storage before being pressed into 'cakes'.
"Harvested from 300+ years old tea trees by local people and processed by me straight on the mountain using traditional pan-frying method. As you can see on the photos, family of five people were harvesting tea leaves when we walked by and asked them to sell their harvest. On our way back we found traditional wok for processing tea leaves and asked locals to help us. It took some time to prepare everything and process tea leaves in local style. This tea was half sun-dried half dried in a drying machine. The result was surprisingly good and promising. Thanks to high-quality raw material and handmade processing, i hope, this tea will become better with time and has a great aging potential. It was a great day full of unforgettable experiences and smiling faces. A day when you understand that tea can be a bridge between cultures and traditions. A day when baking tea's aroma became a perfume of friendship and respect. So many good memories make this tea very special for me. But it would not be right to keep it for myself and people around me so i decided to share it with everyone. The quantity is very limited, but i hope, this tea will reach good people. Hope you will enjoy this tea, made with love and passion!"
SHAN TEA is a unique wild variety of Camellia Sinensis which grows high in mountains of the Northern part of Vietnam. SHAN TEA or SNOW SHAN (snow-upon-a-high-mountain) arises from the thick snow-white coat of fur that embraces each silky green tea bud. This telling feature enables the tea leaves to thrive at a height of 2000 meters above sea level, hampered by bitingly cold and frosty climate all year round. Ranging along North West Mountainous area: from Hà Giang, Yên Bái, Lào Cai to Lai Châu, Điện Biên, Sơn La ... Each of those lands is filled with Snow Shan Tea traces. Depending on the different soil condition, climate, harvesting habits, and crafty processing method in each province, Snow Shan Tea Taste would vary accordingly.
Dry tea leaves have a smoky, herbal, dried mushroom notes. After warming up tea leaves aroma develop and opens up in a woody, medicine motifs with the hint of fire. The taste is sweet and fragrant with herbal, mineral and smoky flavour. This tea has a clear refreshing properties with menthol, cool feeling on the tongue. The texture is oily and the taste is deep and Umami. During tea session this tea evolves into more smooth and calm notes of dry a wood and fresh herb.
Not bad comparing with mao cha we have in our collection made by experienced tea masters. Don't judge me too rough. Hope you will enjoy this tea as i put all my love and passion in it.