Bing Dao is one of the most famous ancient tea tree areas, located in the very north of Mengku, Lincang, Yunnan. The history of this tea started at least 500 years ago when the Dai ethnic group started to cultivate tea on this land. Due to its high quality, special character, and sweet taste, this tea was appreciated by the local aristocracy and was drunk during international events. All these aspects made tea from Bing Dao very famous. Nowadays, Bing Dao is one of the most expensive raw materials for sheng pu'er production.
Mao Cha translates as "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 that is ready to be steamed and pressed in case of Sheng (Raw) Pu'Er production or further fermentation process during Shu (Ripe) Pu'Er production. This type of tea is also used for blending and further storage before being pressed into 'cakes'.
A beautiful tea material consisting of a combination of 'bud and two leaves', harvested in spring from 350+ years old trees. Deep and noble, this tea is a bright representative of the highest quality tea from the Yunnan mountains.
Dry tea leaves have a bright, sweet fruity, floral, honey aroma. Very noble and soft. After warming up, the aroma continues with vanilla, citrus, and creamy motifs. The rinsed tea leaf reveals herbal, dried fruit, and bakery overtones. With further brewing, the aroma is dominated by bath, herbal, and dried fruit notes.
The taste of the tea is soft, velvety, and thick, with fruity and honey tones. The infusion is clean and light, yet deep in taste, leaving a long-lasting, sweet, fruity aftertaste. With further brewing, the tea opens up with herbal and coniferous motifs, evoking associations of a coniferous forest on the seashore. With longer infusions, the tea noticeably thickens and becomes even deeper in taste and leaves a slight astringent effect on the surface of the tongue. Tea has a refreshing, relaxing, and concentrating effect. The energy of the mountains is restrained and calm, yet pronounced. Tea works on subtle levels, faintly expressed on the surface, but working deep inside.