Our Laotian green tea is processed in the same way as Chinese puer, and from the same tea varietals that grow in southern Xishuangbanna, China. These teas all come from an isolated village 30 or 40 km South of the Chinese border. We traveled into these isolated mountains in January of 2020 to meet the makers and check out the trees. These teas are all made from what we would - without hesitation - call ancient trees (100+ years). And the tea is all grown, made, and sold by the Keosuyaping family. The environment, production, and people were all up to our standard, and we are proud to collaborate with the Keosuyaping family and offer their teas to the Western market.
This Laos Green Tea has all the thick, powerful flavors of fresh gushu puer. The mouthfeel is thick and heavy, while the huigan quick and deep. The fragrance of this tea is immediately rich and savory, with very little floral or sweet notes to it. Talking to the farmers, this tea is often sold to Chinese tea makers to include in their old-tree cakes, and the reasoning behind this is easy to taste. While grown on the wrong side of the border, this tea has a depth of flavors that recently cultivated tea simply lacks.
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 Spring 2020 Laos Tea Sampler.