This tea was made in Seo Pen, the village closest to Gua Feng Zhai in Yiwu Mountain. It has a soft texture and a typical 'forest aroma'. It is made of big tea trees that grow in the forests far from the village.
Forest tea at its best, you'll get an intense and yet soft brew. This is the power of Yiwu tea, they don't taste aggressive like Menghai tea, but you feel quite relaxed and energized at the end of the session.
The combination of aroma and taste is worth noting in this one. You get a good balance between fragrance and mouthfeel, and this equilibrium evolves as the session goes.
Nyot Ou belongs to Phongsaly province, in Laos. It borders with Yiwu Mountain, in China.
Considering the renown of Yiwu tea, and the high prices its tea fetch, it is not surprising that many tea traders cross the border to Laos and source tea from Nyot Ou district. As a result, most of the tea made in Nyot Ou is bought by tea producers from Yiwu.
Tea grows in the forests of Nyot Ou district along two valleys. The Southern valley is connected to Gua Feng Zhai village through a small road. The environment in which tea grows is similar in Eastern Yiwu and in the two tea producing valleys of Nyot Ou District. Ancient tea trees grow along more recently established gardens in the forests.
Laos tea is infamous for its poor processing. In the last couple of years, some tea farmers have improved their technique and upgraded their tea factories to meet the standards of Yiwu tea. The teas produced are of similar quality and offer a better value than proper Yiwu leaves.
The tea in this area is mostly made of large leaves with furry buds. It has a soft taste and features a great body feel. Experienced tea enthusiasts in China, especially in Guangdong Province, are always on the look for such teas, this is what made the reputation of Yiwu. At a first cup, the tea are not always impressive, but over the session, the Cha Qi builds up and makes you feel very relaxed.
We source tea from two farmers we worked with during our missions in Laos.
The mayor of Seo Pen, the village closest to Gua Feng Zhai, is experienced in the tea trade. He put efforts into improving the infrastructure of his village. He has build a good tea factory and studied puerh tea processing extensively. He collects a good part of the fresh leaves harvested in his village and processes them to a good standard.
Houngkeo works for the french NGO (Comite de cooperation du Laos), and is in charge of conducting training sessions on puerh tea processing. He goes back home every spring season to make tea in his village, Huey Wa, located in the Northern valley.
We’re happy to offer teas from Laos with a good processing, this region has a good potential and will increase in value as the infrastructure develops and renown increases.