Yiwu Grand Forest Pristine Ancient Tree Sheng Pu'erh Tea Guo You Lin 易武国有林
National Forest tea, or Guo You Lin in Chinese, refers to tea leaves harvested from a deep forest. Most national forest tea is found in the Yiwu mountains. These national forests have existed for centuries, usually along the borders of Laos and Myanmar. As it grows in the most natural ecological environment, tea from the national forests has very limited production, and thus it increasingly has become the most sought-after tea among Chinese puerh tea connoisseurs. Forest tea is rarely accessible even from within the Chinese pu'erh market. Due to its popularity and high quality, there are some copycats and faked teas, intermingling leaves from other areas or simply using inferior Pu-erh leaves that are labeled Guo You Lin.
Yiwu is one of the six ancient pu-erh tea mountains in Qing dynasty. This tea is a rare find in Victoria’s 2019 tea trip. This tea is from the first spring harvest of San Jia Zhai village (三家寨), a very rare micro-lot of deep Yiwu forest tea. San Jia Zhai translates in Chinese as three families, that it is said only a few families were stayed in the area due to a historical tragedy, and it is still a very small villages today. Tea from this three-family- village is almost none offered even in China's domestic puerh tea market.
This tea is rich in content and taste, very smooth and creamy, a strong saliva producing huigan and Hou Yun, with a taste of the wilderness, producing a long-lasting aftertaste. It can sustain up to 20 steepings. Hou Yun is the sensation in one's throat that Pu'erh connoisseurs always search for. It surely showcases the very essence of one of the best sheng puerh tea. It is a truly special tea that will expand the horizons of your tea journey.
Note: This cake contains 100% pure leaves from the national forest, no blends, no intermingling of leaves from other areas or with inferior Pu-erh leaves, which is unfortunately all common in the pu'erh tea market.
Origin: San Jia Zai (三家寨), Yi Wu mountain, Yunnan province, China
Harvest Time: April 8 2019
Bush Varietal: Yunnan Da Ye (large leaves)
Very floral and fruity, smooth, full bodied, strong cha qi and huigan, with a long-lasting aftertaste.
210oF, 4g for 4-6 oz of spring/filtered water, 0.5-1min., up to 15 steepings. We advise against the use of tap water as well as purified water.
It is recommended to use the Gongfu brewing method in order to get the most out of this tea. Please click here for Gongfu brewing instructions.