The highlands of Northwest Vietnam remind us of Yunnan in the early 2000's, wilder and less developed. While this tea should not be called Pu Er (since this is considered a denomination of origin), the ancient trees of Ha Giang are very similar to their close cousins in Yunnan.
Lầu's family is strongly influenced by Chinese handcrafting techniques (his uncle lived and worked many years in Yunnan and Fujian), but the hills of Ha Giang offer a very unique (and very delicious) flavour profile.
Handcrafting: pan-firing (over firewood), rolling and sun-drying
Origin: Vi Xuyen, Ha Giang, Vietnam
GPS: 22.8°N 104.8°E
Harvest: March 2022
Tree type: ancient (reportedly 600 - 800 years old)
Tea Artisan: Lầu TV (pronounced 'Lo')
Lầu was born and raised in the highlands of Ha Giang. Beyond the ancestral tea knowledge of the local Dao people, Lầu learned tea handcrafting skills from his uncle, who lived and worked both in Yunnan and Fujian. Rooted in tradition but not bound by it, Lầu strives to create tea that will fascinate the drinker.
One of those old tea trees.
No fancy equipment, simply delicious 'mountain' tea.
The next generation: she who enjoys delicious tea, made at home.
Brewing Suggestions: pour 110ml of boiling water on 8g of tea leaves; steep for 8".