Qian Nian Ye Sheng Tea Coin (千年野生幣, Qiān Nián Yě Shēng Bì, "Thousand Year Wild Coin") is picked from the wild ancestor of the Yunnan tea plant, Camellia crassicolumna. These wild plants are randomly distributed throughout the forest - as opposed to planted in convenient patches - and the buds, known as Yá Bāo when processed as tea, only appear once a year, in the middle of winter. Each bud opens into 3-5 colorful leaves, which may be red, white, purple, or green. Qiān Nián Yě Shēng is made from the fully-mature, opened leaves that emerge from these buds. In flavor it is smooth, vegetal, and herbaceous with notes of summer squash, a soft olive oily savor, and red bell pepper with a crisp fragrance evocative of a dry, grassy meadow.
Studies show that Camellia crassicolumna leaves, such as these, likely don't produce caffeine.
This tea coin includes 7g of pressed tea. The base color of the wrapper is blue, indicating that it is an herbal tea (we categorize it this way due to the likely absence of caffeine). The ring color is green, indicating that it has been prepared as a Sheng Pu'er.
I received this coin in a variety coin tube and tried and really liked it. It has an interesting mouthfeel and taste. I am definitely planning on getting more.