The highlands of Yunnan have a mild, subtropical climate up to a high elevation. The highland slopes are mostly southern-facing, and are therefore more heavily influenced by the Indian Ocean and the Pacific.
This tea is grown at an elevation of 1,500m in the Wuliang Mountains above the city of Pu'er, far removed from industry. Rather than any major motorways, it is the historical Tea Horse Road that cuts through the tea fields. Traditionally, various large leafed cultivars are grown in Yunnan that in some cases stem from very old tea plants.
The tea is not oxidised, but rather briefly and carefully roasted in a pan (chao qing 炒青) for just 5 minutes. Thereafter the tea leaves are rolled until they have achieved the desired "fur peak" form (maofeng 毛峰). The tea is then dried in an oven for 10 minutes and laid out for final selection.
This tea is exclusively sourced from the above mentioned tea farm in the Wuliang Mountains. Sourced directly from the tea farmer.