Tea Horse Road #1 Arbor Tree Sheng Pu'erh (茶道)
Praline, Meringue, Candied Lemon
For more than 1,000 years, tea porters trekked a treacherous 1,400 mile trail that began in the city of Ya’an, located in Sichuan province. Divided into three different routes, none of which were easy to traverse, the goal was to reach the holy city of Lhasa in Tibet with as much tea as one could carry, hoping to trade it for Tibetan horses and other needed goods. In honor and remembrance of these tea porters—these brave men and women, many unable to complete this dangerous trek—we’ve commissioned two pu’erhs from Yunnan province.
Harvested in October 2017 and sourced from Mengku, one of the esteemed pu’erh regions in Yunnan, Tea Horse Road #1 is crafted for those who prefer a sweeter tasting raw pu’erh. Sourced by Victoria in her 2017 tea trip, from the famous Xiao Hu Sai village that sitting on the high mountain, this tea is pressed into a 200g cake, and it is ready to be enjoyed now or stored for longer-term aging. Although we expect its sweeter flavor to develop more subtlety and depth over the years, if enjoyed now, you will find a full-bodied tea with an almost dessert-like hui gan (回甘), a mouth-watering, savory sensation.
Origin: Xiao Hu Sai Village, Mengku Area, Yunnan Province
Harvest Time: October 2017
Tea Cultivar: Mengku Da Ye (large leaves)
Caffeine Level: Medium
7.05 oz | 200 grams | approximately 50 servings