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ANCIENT PU'ER
FOREST TEA

Cultivated at the heart of millenary forests 

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Yunnan, in the South West of China,
kingdom of plants and the birthplace of tea 
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Here, luscious landscapes fade in and out through the haze as far as the eye can see and their beauty is breathtaking. Up ‘on the very edge of the very edge’ of the Yunnan mountains, the green lung of China, silence drowns out all noise. Here, the unchanging cycles and rhythms are dictated by the course of the sun, light or torrential rain, the air, the earth and the bark of the dense, imposing trees that rise up into the sky. The Yunnan reveals itself step by step over time, majestic and mysterious, real and unreal. Timeless.

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Moving forward, we discover Xishuangbanna, the jewel of Asia and one of the very last preserved regions in China. This ‘kingdom of plants’, the source of the world’s tea, shelters some of the oldest forests of tea plants, whose leaves are used to make teas that are considered among the best in the world.

These large tea plants, the only ones of their kind in the world, are known by the name Camellia Sinensis. They grow freely in the shadow of giant oaks, chestnut trees and bamboos and often grow to over 3 metres in height. They have been nurtured, cared for and pruned in the form of small trees for 5,000 years. The oldest examples in these managed forests are now approaching 3,000 years of age. As they were grown from seeds rather than cuttings, they have a wide variety of leaves and flowers. In the heart of the forest, these ancient specimens are just as highly revered as their ancestors. Deeply rooted in thriving red soil rich in organic matter, these forest tea plants seem to have minds of their own and still keep some of their secrets. Studying their genotype and the biodiversity around them enables us to go back in time, as they have never changed.

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But the timeless Camellia sinensis would have remained undiscovered if the Bulang people had not given them special attention over thousands of years. This local minority community, one of the oldest in Yunnan province, was one of the first to discover the medicinal properties of the forest tea plants. 

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AUTHENTIC PU'ER TEAS,
THE OLDER, THE BETTER.


For the Bulang, just as for true tea lovers, Pu’er is a treasure. It is one of the only tea varieties in the world to benefit from the riches of ancestral human culture and the wonders of nature. 
Pu’er tea takes its name from the town of Pu’er on the Silk Road, where forest teas were pressed for transportation and preservation. Thanks to a slow, cold fermentation process, authentic Pu’er teas improve with age and only achieve excellence after tens of years.

Today, there is no longer any doubt that tea accelerates the metabolism and oxygenation of the body, and it also plays a key role in the immune system. 
Authentic Pu’er forest teas have extremely wide molecular diversity, which has many “detoxifying” and “antioxidant” properties and even “preserves beauty due to its purifying and strengthening effect on the skin, which maintains its youth for longer.” (Taken from Thé et Tao by John Blofeld)