2021 Handmade Autumn Sheng Pu'er (手制秋天生普洱, Shǒuzhì Qiūtiān Shēng Pǔ'ěr, "Handmade Autumn Sheng Pu'er") - In the summer of 2021 our main tea farmer, Li Shulin, lost his home, tea collection, tea processing equipment, and car to a fire. Through the generous donations of our community we were able to support him financially in buying a new house and tea processing facility. In the interim, he produced a single fall harvest's worth of tea. Lacking tea processing machinery, all of this tea is fully handmade. One of those teas is this October-harvested loose leaf Sheng Pu'er (maocha), of which there is only a kilogram. It's not specifically ancient tree (gushu) material - Autumn harvests are smaller across the board and there's not enough ancient tree tea leaves to make an all-gushu batch worthwhile. Although it is Nannuo sheng pu'er produced by Li Shulin, it is unique in being fully hand-made and harvested in the fall (most of our Li Shulin Sheng Pu'er is made from Spring-harvested tea). There is only a kilogram of it to begin with so we are making it available to Teahouse Members first. This tea represents Li Shulin's comeback to tea farming.
Very nice late season Sheng Pu'er. Surprisingly low mineral taste for a Sheng Pu'er. Gentle and sweet. I'm glad I had the chance to taste the results of a family refusing to give up after tragedy.