Ailao Mountain, named after the ancient Ailao country, is the boundary mountain in the east of the ancient Ailao country. It is located in the middle of Yunnan, China. It is an extension of Yunling to the south. It is the boundary between the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau and the Hengduan Mountains. It is also the Yuanjiang and Amojiang Rivers. Ailao Mountain runs from the northwest to the southeast, starting from Chuxiong City in the north and reaching Luchun County in the south, with a total length of about 500 kilometers. The highest peak of Ailao Mountain is the Damoyan Peak in Shuitang Town, Xinping County, with an elevation of 3166 meters. The tea trees are bathed frequently in mist and dew and benefit from the high-altitude sunshine.
Our Ai Lao Shan Yunnan black is single origin and grown organically in the higher elevations of Yunnan Province. It is full-bodied and offers a malty flavor with a delicate spiciness. As the leaves are large and "soft" they yield a lush, full-flavored tea that will cup to a rich, russet-red color. Enjoy a smooth black tea that is perfect for the bold and sophisticated palette. Rich tones of cocoa and earthiness are finished with a subtle sweetness.
Brewing Guide: Use a round tablespoon or about 3-4 grams for 8-12 ounces of water at a temperature right up to boiling. Boiling water will bring the leaves flavors out quickly. To heighten first steep flavors, rinse the leaves briefly with boiling water, pour off, let the leaves steam for a few minutes and re-infuse. We suggest a steep of 3 minutes to experience the variety of flavors offered. Longer steeps of 3 + minutes will give more body to the cup. Leaves will steep multiple times.