Tasting from Wild Ancient Shan Tea
The holly mountain range in our location, Tay Con Linh is considered as homeland of Snow Shan tea where the tea plant has its origins. In here, there are still many mountains where tea grows “wild” and is harvested by the local people. Ancient organic Shan tea mountains in our location are owned by the Red Yao, Tay, H’mong tribes. These tribes live in small and peaceful villages in the upper mountains; harvest and produce their precious tea from generation to generation.
The name Snow Shan, which means snow-upon-a-high-mountain, arises from the thick snow-white coat of fur that embraces each silky green tea bud. This telling feature enables the tea leaves to thrive at a height of 2000 meters above sea level, hampered by bitingly cold and frosty climate all year round.
The expansive Northwest mountainous regions from Ha Giang, Yen Bai, Lao Cai, to Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Son La… all bear the presence of the Snow Shan tea trees. Yet, the magic is found elsewhere: depending on varied soils, climate, hand-picking and manual processing traditions in each locale – Snow Shan tea shall come out with singular aroma and flavor.
The diversity of Snow Shan tea also come from the way the tea is processed, from the light and refined White Tea, to the robust Green Tea, the sweet, aromatic and bright Red Tea (Black Tea), or Pu‘er fermented teas with their deep, contemplative flavors.