Ancient Forest [organic]

A specialty of the southwest province of Yunnan, this unique tea is harvested from ancient trees on the protected land of Jingmai Mangjing’s Blue Mountains. 100% organic, hand picked and sorted, this black tea brews a rich, earthy infusion with notes of cedar and honey.
Steeping Time Steep: 4-6 Minutes
Amount: 1 Tsp. Per 6 oz.
Steeping Temperature Water Temp: 212° F
Medium CaffeineMedium
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The Jingmai Mangjing Ancient Tea Forest is situated in the highlands of Yunnan's Lancang River Basin. This region is considered a heritage center for tea and is home to some of the oldest tea trees and tea cultures in the world. This area of Yunnan is famous for its arbor tea tree varietals that make this origin's tea so unique.

The settlements of Jingmai Mangjing consist of various mountainside villages. All the villages within Jingmai Mangjing have ancient tea trees. Jingmai is a group of villages inhabited predominantly by the Dai people and Mangjing is a group of villages inhabited mainly the Bulang people. Each family in the Jingmai Mangjing area relies on the sale of tealeaves for the majority of their annual income.

This ancient tea forest is home to many varieties of bamboo, trees, medicinal and culinary herbs, edible fungus and wild vegetables. The local people have no use for synthetic pesticides, fertilizers or large scale clear cutting to pursue their traditional agriculture. Many of the local foods and herbal medicines used by the villagers are not cultivated but wild harvested in the mountains of their ancient tea tree forest.

The villagers of Jingmai Mangjing's social, religious and economic history are intertwined with the ancient tea forest. The local people of Jingmai Mangjing are descendants of the "Pu" ethnic group, who are known as the earliest tea planters (1066 BC-221BC).

Bulang cultural and religious adherence forbids the destruction of their ancient tea trees. Ancient Bulang proverbs urge their people to conserve the forest and protect the tea trees for future generations.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Tin Weight (ounces) No
Ingredients Organic Black Tea (Yunnan)
Steep Temperature 212° F
Steep Time 4-6 Minutes
Caffeine Level Medium Caffeine
Amount Tea 1 Tsp. Per 6 oz.
Multiple Infusion? No
Tea Attributes Certified Organic, Blood Sugar/Diabetes
Choose Color No


Customer Reviews (5)

Rich, earthy, slightly smokyReview by matt
This is a really nice tea. The mild notes of cedar smoke are complimented by a honeyed sweetness and slightly creamy mouthfeel. This tea is like a lightly peated single malt scotch, just smoky enough, but not nearly as smoky as Lapsang Souchong. Takes well to a little milk and sugar. (Posted on 1/2/2018)
A Special Tea for Special Times, and All the Time!Review by Claire
I love a strong tea with a rich flavor, and this tea never disappoints. The flavor is unique and so satisfying - "earthy" is right word for it. It is one of the two "must have" teas in my house. (Posted on 7/29/2017)
Top ShelfReview by Brew Master ooz
At first sniff, you can smell how sweet this black tea is. It may appear like ordinary black loose leaf tea, however, the scent is what reveals this is a top shelf black tea. It is creamy and sweet and wields a powerful aroma. It reminds me of the highest quality of earl gray British black tea. Any tea which comes from the ancient tea plantation in the mountain's of Jingmai Mangjing is said to be like no other because the roots of the 1000 year old trees dig deep into the earth like Red Woods, and has the ability to absorb nutrients from the earth. And that is exactly what you taste when brewed. The scent remains and the taste is most reverent. Rich and flavorful, this black tea is rather dank. (Posted on 5/23/2016)
Like WineReview by The Cat in the Hat
This tea is so rich and inviting. The flavor reminds me of the flavor profile of a fine wine. (Posted on 5/10/2016)
My favorite Chinese Black TeaReview by Jei
This tea is amazing. It's incredibly smooth, earthy, and naturally sweet. And because you can get a few steepings out of it at a time, it's definitely worth the price. Every single person I've served it to has loved it, and it's something I always have to keep on hand now. (Posted on 2/5/2015)

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