This Autumn Maocha is full of long thick stems and large fragrant leaves. It is a sweet and soft brew which is slightly different from the thicker, fruitier spring Maocha. This tea was made in Autumn of 2020 from a beautiful ancient garden of tea trees 30-40km south of the Chinese border. The climate is the same as that of Xishuangbanna, and the teas have a sweetness reminiscent of the lighter Yiwu raw puer teas. The tea undergoes the same withering, wood-fired wok killing of the green, hand rolling and sun drying that is the standard process for making puer teas just across the border. All these steps were carried out by members of the Keosuyaping family.
This tea is sold loose and still in its maocha, or raw, form. Thus, there may be some larger leaves present, some stems, and a good deal of tea down and tea dust, so be sure to rinse the leaves properly before brewing. After brewing, we suggest picking though the leaves to get a feel for the texture of these large leaves and thick stems. This is a truly enjoyable every day tea, and was offered to us at a very fair price.
If you're interested in tasting the full range of the Keosuyaping family's teas, check out the 2020 Laos Tea Sampler.