Kuo Fang (國防) translates to “National Defense”. This name comes from tea origins, it is made from ancient trees material that grow inside of military base in Bulang. Those trees haven’t been picked at all until very recent times, and now are picked only once a year in spring. Age of the trees is estimated to be at least 300 years old. In times where so many PuErh trees are over harvested due to high demand, tea coming from area with very restricted access and thus picked only once a year is rarity. Those beautiful leaves are compressed on lighter side and removing full leaves from the cake is very easy.
This tea is a feast for Bulang lovers. So full of flavor characteristic for this area, very aromatic and powerful. Bursting with fruity notes and touch of sweet florals in the aroma. Liquor is smooth and very thick, with pronounced, palatable bitterness and just a little bit of juicy astringency. It is very potent and can be brewed many times, sometimes we also like to use a bit less leaves and enjoy it brewed lighter.
It does have very powerful Cha Qi, as all good teas it’s calming, but this one is also definitely invigorating.
Season - Spring
Picking - Bud and three leaves
Elevation - around 1500m