Our story so far.
Eastern Leaves is a project built around the first yunnannese, untouched mountain peak that the two of us fell in love with.
A virgin forest that have never been treated with any chemical substance, nor intensively cultivated or exploited in any way. We bought it.
Eastern Leaves owns 30 hectares of wild tea plantation in Nannuo Mountain, Xishuangbanna Province, Yunnan, that grows naturally in the undergrowth of a centuries old high mountain rainforest. Eastern Leaves also owns over 200 ancient tea trees, aged between 200 and 500 years old, in Pasha Mountain, across Nannuo Valley. Both Nannuo and Pasha mountains have a centuries old tea tradition, and are among the few most precious mountains for the pu’er production, as officially recognized.
Our tea is fully organic and we interfere as less as possible with the life of our trees. This is the reason why we better call ourselves wild tea trees keepers, than farmers.
The Ancient Tea Trees Forest
A part of our plantation is composed by especially old tea trees, that due to their age are called ancient tea trees, 古树 (gushu) in Chinese.
They have been growing wildly since they were born, 300-800 years ago, and their leaves give some of the finest pu’er teas – since the centuries of centuries.
From the eleven elder trees we produce our premium tea, which includes selected leaves from one ancient tree only.
Till the last decade these ancient tea trees forest have been in great danger, but recently the awareness about their priceless value has grown noticeably and also FAO is supporting the local government.