Bulang Shan is one of the most important puerh producing regions in the Xishuangbanna area in southern Yunnan. Administratively it is part of Menghai county, where almost all the most famous puerh regions are located. Legend has it that the Bulang ethnic group ( who now resides also in a few other puerh regions ) was the first people in Yunnan to produce tea, if not the first in the world.
With a 5000-year-old product like tea, developments are always news. While puerhs have been around for centuries, white puerh only appeared in marketable quantities around the year 2000 – at the time, big news! Before 2000, white teas of any sort were produced in such limited quantities that to even dream of experimenting with them was unheard of. Certainly, extremely small quantities of white puerh had been produced in the past, but these were generally scooped up by the cream of Chinese society, government officials or tea loving high rollers in Hong Kong and Macau. This all changed with the democratization of the Chinese economy. This development saw a rise in the overall standard of living in China and with it, new interest rare specialty teas. These rare teas, white puerh among them, are generally only produced for the internal market. From time to time however, they can be purchased and brought over to the West. (The trick is to be in the right place at the right time.) We're thrilled to have been been able to acquire this rare tea. From our first tasting we knew it was a standout.