We've long wanted to make a more affordable Yiwu cake without compromising on quality, but hadn't found the right garden with old trees, good taste and had never used agrochemicals.
This tea comes from a farmer we've known for many years. In previous years, the tea from this garden was always sold out, but we asked him to keep this year's harvest for us.
It's from his family's garden of old trees growing between the villages of Mahei and Da Qi Shu. We decided to blend the whole year's production into one cake.
These trees are several hundred years old, but as with the majority of old trees in the Yiwu area, they were cut short in the 1980's. They have a thick lower trunk which branches out from where it was cut.
The taste displays the Yiwu character well - thick and rich with elegant flavour and a long, steady aftertaste.