14 Big puerh tea mountains in XiShuangBanNa YunNan China ( 1/2 )
(If time permits, I will revise this blog written 4 years ago)
Today, let's know more about what on earth the 6 big puerh tea mountains are or 14 big tea mountains as I said in the title.
Want to know more tea mountains of around more than 100? Okay, let's talk that one by one.
Usually, photo or picture is easier to understand. Here it is the 1st one: (Pic source: 中国普洱茶网)
Firstly, we should know a river called LanCang River(澜沧江).
Never heard about this river? Let LanCang River have a self introduction.
LanCang River: "👴Hello, every one. I am long of 4909 km from Tibet in China to
Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam and run into South China Sea. In China, they call me LanCang River, but in Southeast Asia, they call me Mekong River. "
longest in world, the 3rd longest in Asia, the 1st longest in Southeast Asia. 🌊
Let's back to our topic today. There are 6 big tea mountains in east of LanCang
River, also called old 6 tea mountains. Another 8 big tea mountains are in the west
LanCang River, also called new 8 big tea mountains. Some people thinks the big
and famous big tea mountains are just 6 in west of LanCang River. There is no
official definition, so let's explain why we say here are 8 not 6.
Even these tea mountains are very near, but the trace elements in the soil are so
different, the taste of the tea leaves are affected by that and are different.
From east to west:
1, YiWu means "where snake woman lives" like below (pic source: http://doc.qkzz.net)
Tea from here has little bitterness but high fragrance near the flavor of orchid.
The best tea leaves are those picked up at the end of Spring season and before
monsoon of XiShuangBanNa. Huigan is coming soon and strong also with plenty
of saliva produced by mouth.
2, YiBang means "The place has tea tree and water well"
YiBang's tea trees belong to arbor leaflet species. Huigan is very soon and with plenty of saliva produced. Tea soup has bright yellow color like bee wax. Fragrance is near orchid. In old times, there used to be the base of "GongCha" just for drinking by royal families. Other people can just drink puerh tea from another mountain nearly the taste of YiBang's. That is the next mountain as below:
3, ManZhuan means "Big village"
ManZhuang's tea trees belong to arbor big leaf species. Bitterness is obvious, in contrary, huigan is soon and strong with plenty of saliva produced. Fragrance is near plum flower. Tea soup is near deep yellow.
4, GeDeng means "High land"
GeDeng's tea leaves are between the big leaf like YiWu and the small leaf like YiBang. Bitterness is little obvious and huigan is strong. Saliva is produced soon.
Fragrance is light and clear. Tea soup is near deep orange-color.
5, MangZhi means "Where KongMing ZhuGe buried copper".
MangZhi's tea leaves are between big leaf and small leaf like GeDeng's tea leaves. Bitterness is obvious and huigan is coming soon after bitterness retreated. Fragrance is light. Tea soup is near deep orange-color. Very like GeDeng's tea, right? But there are still subtle difference especially when you taste both tea many times.
6, YouLe means "Where ethnic YouLe lives" Now ethnic YouLe is called JiNuo, but the mountain is left with the old name.
YouLe's tea belongs to big leaf. Bitterness is heavy and obvious. HuiGan is soon but body of the tea soup is little thin. Fragrance is on a average level. Tea soup is near light orange-color.
<To be continued>