|China’s Yunnan province is primarily a mountainous region with twelve tea
mountains calling it home, among them to the north of the Lancang (Mekong)
River: You Le, Ge Deng, Yi Bang, Mang Zhi, and Man Zhuan, and to the south,
Nan Nuo, Jing Mai, Meng Hai, Ba Da, and Meng Son.
|Amid the mountains, grow-
ing within the lush forests
are ancient tea trees reportedly 500 and
1,000 years old. There’s even said to be one
tree on Nan Nuo Mountain called “King of Tea
Trees,” over a hundred feet tall and reputed-
ly 1,700 years old, making it the oldest plant
black teas are lush and assertive
Keemun’s chocolate flavors and
|It’s caused when amino acids and glucosides in the leaves combine to form compounds called
pyrroles and pyrazines, both chemicals with sweet roasted flavors.Yunnan and Keemun leaves both have different levels of amino acids.
Those in Yunnan leaves form pyrazines that have a flavor reminiscent
of cooked maple syrup, while those in Keemun leaves have pyrroles,
with the flavor of unsweetened cocoa but without the bitterness.
Yunnan province is home to 260 of 320 subvarieties of tea known in
China. Some of China’s most flavorful teas come from the remote area including Yunnan Buds of
China black teas have the words gold
Dayeh is classified as a sub-variety of Camellia sinensis var. assamica, with large
Yunnan’s black teas have only been in production since 1939,
As the crow flies China’s Yunnan province is not far from the
Assam region of India which touches on the Tibetan Himalayas as does Yunnan. Both
terroir, determining what the final product will taste like.Moving from the northwestern corner of Yunnan province, to the hot and steamy south-
pu-erh teas are grown. The town of Puerh is a
Xishuangbanna has a mild climate allowing for early spring
The exact manufacturing process of China’s pu-erh teas has been kept secret for hund-
| Today pu-erh tea is popular and in demand worldwide, from Japan and Southeast
Asia, to Europe, especially France to Germany, and Eastern Europe, and America.
Pu-erh is touted for its medicinal qualities, especially in regard to weight loss, known
as the “slimming tea.”Pu-erh is available as loose leaf or compressed bricks or cakes known as beeng cha
or zhuang cha, or in other shapes such as pyramids, mushrooms, or inverted bowl
shapes called tuo cha, and more.
To learn more about pu-erh teas visit our
sheng pu-erh and shou pu-erh pages, as well as China’s puerh teas page.