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Hekai Mountain Ancient Sun-dried Tea

Hekai Mountain
Ancient Sun-dried Tea

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Culitvar: Menghai Broad Leaf
Elevation: 1400 - 1850 meters
Harvest: March 22, 2020

This hand-made Sun-dried tea offers rich aromatic layers of shishito peppers, toasted sesame, and magnolia. Harvested from 200+ year old ancient tea trees in the renowned Hekai Mountain region, this is a special type of green tea known as Shaiqing Maocha. Shaiqing is a rustic sun-dried green tea that is the base tea for both Sheng (raw, green) and Shu (ripe, dark) styles of Pu'er tea. Sheng Pu'er is made by blending and compressing Shaiqing loose leaf teas into cakes or other forms. Shu Pu'er is made by pile-fermenting Shaiqing teas for 85-120 days. Pu'er tea enthusiasts love to taste the fresh vintages of Shaiqing from different mountain regions throughout Yunnan and discover the intrinsic taste of origin that each has to offer. Ancient tea trees were grown from seed, making them inextricably connected to the terroir and place of origin.


Hekai Mountain, Xishuangbanna Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China

Tasting Notes

Shishito peppers, toasted sesame, magnolia


Organic green tea.

Traditional Preparation

Add 4g tea per 350-400ml (11-12oz) water into a glass teapot, like our Ming Cha Teapot or Simple Brew.
Use water cooled to 190°F
Rinse tea briefly. Discard. Add water and infuse for 3-4 minutes.
Repeat for another 10+ infusions. Increase the steeping time by 30 seconds with each additional infusion. Also suitable for traditional Gongfu Cha preparation in a Gaiwan or Teapot.

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