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18/01: On Ancient Tree Tea

Since last year, the price and demand for the teas made from the anicent trees have been on a steadily rising. We anticipated that 2014 would be a record breaking year for the anicent tree tea.

What is the ancient tree tea anyway?

Recognized by most tea professionals, a tea tree planted before 1895 would be classified as an 'ancient'. Between 1895-1928, there was virtually no plantation of tea tree in Yunnan due to politics/nature/war disasters. After 1928, the tea plantation in Yunnan was resumed, and a big leap in tea plantation happened in last decade.

Why the ancient tree tea is so precious? You don't have to dig too deep to find out. First of all, it's because it's limited in quantity. For example, the famous Bingdao tea yields only 3 tons in each Spring, while Lao Banzhang tea tops at 15 tons.

Second, these teas are truly ecological, free of any chemical, and they tasted remarkably nice.

The rest are all hypes, we call them marketing stories.

Now should we pay hundreds for a tea? The answer is negtive.

Let's define a fine tea by our standard.

1. It has to be ecological, free of any chemical - I would make this top priority to select a good tea. After all, we drink a tea for its taste and our health.
2. It happens I like to drink the tea to begin with, an anicent tree tea or not, I don't care for whatever other people say.
3. It has to be affordable.

Is a non ancient tree tea all that bad? I can tell you it's not true.

Based upon our standard, a young tea tree can produce a fine tea. As a matter of fact, I found in many occasions that a well made ecological tea beaten the ancient tree tea hands down, at the 1/5 price. If you look into the chemical composition of tea leaves, the anicent tree or not, they are about the same in nutritional values.

Do you buy a tea to drink? Or do you buy a tea with big claims to show off?

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too bad I have caught onto coffee lately!
18/01 18:13:56

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