Tea Horse Road No.2 Arbor Tree Sheng Pu-erh Tea Cake
Orgeat, Caramel, Walnut, Dark Honey
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.
Tea Horse Road No.2 was sourced from Victoria's 2017 tea trip, and was selected for those who prefer more of a savory raw pu’erh taste. It hails from Da Xue Shan, literally Big Snow Mountains in English, Mengku, one of the major pu’erh regions in Yunnan. The road to the village is very winding and some parts is on the cliffs of the mountain edge. The tea is hand-pressed into a 200g cake, and it is ready to be enjoyed now or stored for longer-term aging. You may taste the drizzled dark honey, with hint of nutmeg and almond. Also full-bodied with more of a nuttier hui gan (回甘), a mouth-watering, savory sensation. It pairs well with savory food, idea for afternoon tea or a boost to energy and alertness.
Origin: Mengku Area, Yunnan Province
Harvest Time: October 2017
Tea Cultivar: Mengku Da Ye (large leaves)
Cake weighs 200 g | 7.05 oz