Baita (White tower) tea garden (白塔茶园) is located in Keemun County, the corn producing area of Keemun black tea, in Huangshan city. This tea garden is shrouded by a variety of ecological tea plantations, such as Taidi cha (plantation tea) growing area, old tea tree and ancient tea tree growing areas.
As the fifth generation inheritor of the national nonmaterial cultural heritage of Keemun black tea, Mr. Wang has over 30 years of experience in both growing and making Keemun black teas. That’s why the idea of making Baita (White tower) black tea with flower flooded into my mind.”Mr. Wangchang once said to us that he expected to bring more and better teas for tea lovers in the future.
Keemun County locates in the south of Anhui Province, west of Huangshan Mountain. Elevations range from 317 to 3370 meters with wide-ranging of ancient tea trees. A mountain region occupies 90% of its total area, with an average elevation around 600 meters. Tea gardens mainly spread in valleys between the elevations of 100 to 350 meters. Forests take a percentage of 80% of its total area. Being one of the original places where Pu-erh tea was produced, Pu’er city obtains rich resources of tea varieties.
Keemun Zhuye (槠叶), also called Keemun Species, with composition of fresh tea leaf: 31.11% polyphenols, 14.66% Catechins, 5.42 % amino acid, 44.72% Water extract. It is national fine specie and is suitable for making black tea and green tea. Old tea trees, which refers to the age of trees range between 50-300 years old. While, tea trees over 300 years old are considered as ancient tea trees.
Keemun has a short – by Chinese standards – history that begun in 1875 in Qimen. An unsuccessful bureaucrat by the name of Yu Gancheng decided to quit working for the government and try his hand at tea making.Teas grown in this area are more likely to be regarded as natural teas, because there’s no pruning or any manual managements involved in. Over the next decade or so, the process and tea continuously improved, culminating in 1883 with what is now known as Keemun black tea. The amazing taste and aroma of this tea, combined with good marketing, combined to make this tea an instant hit, and was in huge demand overseas in England and the US. It won international prize in 1915 Panamanian world Expos.
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