ShanTea Wild Tea (Raw Pu Er)

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Wild Tea harvested by ethnic Shan people from north Thailand’s wild Assamica tea trees and processed according to their ancient Pu Erh-style method.

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Post-fermented (Pu Erh tea style), charcoal fire-roasted wild tea from the large-leaved camellia sinensis assamica tea species that is local to the border area North Thailand/Burma and has been growing wild there in form of trees for many centuries, most probably milleniums. The tea looks back on a long tradition of use amongst the native hill tribes, Shan and North Thais.

Shan Tea: from wild C.S. Assamica large-leaf tea tree in north Thailand, Pu Erh syle processing

Our ShanTea is picked by a Shan farmer from more than 300 years old wild tea trees on both sides of the Thai-Burmese border. Already our tea collector’s father used to make a living from the picking and processing of wild tea in the old homeland (Burmese Shan states). From him, as his companion when touring the forest for fresh tea leaves, our Shan farmer had learnt the art as a child, and when the family – in the backdrop of troubled political and social circumstances – migrated to Thailand, they settled where they found a large number of more than 300 years old tea trees scattered and nestled nearly invisibly in the surrounding forest and nature. The family believes that these tea trees must have been tended at some point in time before, but they don’t know by who. Only 2-3km from their settlement, pretty much on border line level, they have discovered the leftovers of a village they say must have been abandoned by its inhabitants during the 1940s. They suggest that it could have been those villagers, whoever these might have been, who had tended – regularly cut and picked – those tea trees once or might have even planted them in the first place more than 300 years ago.

Thai Wild Tree unripened "sheng" Pu Erh TeaAlready the gentle picking style, protecting and nurturing the tea tree in order to ensure consistant quality pickings also in the future, while yielding its best buds and leaves only at the same time, is an essential part of this tea’s art and secret. Other important elements of the processing of ShanTea to an “unripened” or “raw” (sheng) Pu Erh Tea are the sun drying of the tea leaves, a 10-15 minutes charcoal fire roasting step as a kind of “finishing touch”, and the storage of the ready processed tea leaves in dark, well ventilated and comparably cool storage rooms.

ShanTea Wild Tea sticks out through its individual taste with a dominating grassy and earthy note, coined by the Pu Errh style processing method and the charcoal fire roasting, orange-brown cup. According to its wild growth character, ShanTea is 100% organically grown, 100% nature!

For more information about the tea variety native to north Thailand and its processing variations, please also see our pertinent Siam Tea Blog article Bai Yai – North Thailand’s Old Tea Tree.

Camellia Sinensis AssamYou will find more detailed information and many illustrations on the cultivation and processing of ShanTea Wild Pu Erh Tea in our blog articles at www.siamteas.com: “Pang Kham: Tea Village in No-Man’s-Land”; “Project ShanTea”,  and: “Tea cultivation in Thailand”.

ShanTea Wild Tea Pu Er style tea should be infused at a water temperature between 90°C and 100°C for max. 1 minute. With the following steeps timed accordingly, the characteristic aroma will last undiminished for at least 7 infusions.

ShanTea Wild Tea, of course, is also perfectly suited for preparation in form of the Chinese Tea Ceremony, Gong Fu Cha.

Additional information

Weight 100.00 g
Weight

50g, 100gr, 200gr

3 reviews for ShanTea Wild Tea (Raw Pu Er)

  1. This tea is very nice, I steeped it first in my Gaiwan for only about 1 minute and it was of light orange color and slightly astringent after changing steep time closer to 3 minutes it made a nice amber/orange color and the astringency was gone(steep time and temp is important with this one)180°F/82°C for about 3 minutes is what I found to work well with this one. The aroma was light and grassy very green to me and the flavor was wonderful,to me it was like a floral Green tea with characteristics of a darker Oolong giving it it’s own unique flavor profile. Very nice tea overall.

  2. Rated 3 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    A surprising tea with a very special flavor of its own.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Very amazing dark tea. I am very satisfied with this tea. The flavor is woody grass, fruity..very intersting tea for that small price..Very good choice to taste a dark tea from Thaïland.

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