For those who love tea, ancient tree tea is no stranger. Generally, a tree that has survived for more than 100 years is called ancient tree tea. However, ancient tree tea can survive very few, so it is also very precious, and is a natural health tea, safe and healthy. So, what kind of tea is ancient tree tea and does it have any benefit? Now let's take a closer look at this issue.

What is ancient tree tea?

Ancient tree tea refers to tea that has survived for more than 100 years. There are ancient tree communities in Lincang tea area in Yunnan Banna tea area and Pu-erh tea area, and the number is scarce. Strict classification of ancient tea trees in the strict sense are arbor-type large-leaf tea trees over 300 years old, mostly growing in the inaccessible deep mountain old forests.

People who like Pu-erh tea in Yunnan will always hear ancient tree tea, big tree tea, old tree tea, small tree tea, arbor tea, bush tea, platform tea (locally known as "Sun-tan tea" in Yunnan), high mountain tea (Yunnan) Locals call it "mountain tea"), ecological tea, and organic tea.

The growing environment of ancient tea trees is generally very natural, there is no industrial pollution, and the climate is pleasant. In addition, the diversity and primitiveness of plants in the surrounding area are well preserved, so there are few insect pests and no need to spray pesticides to kill insects; Big tree tea grows in high-altitude mountains, where the temperature difference between day and night is large, the temperature is high during the day, and the photosynthesis intensity is strong. Bud leaves produce a lot of sugar through photosynthesis per unit time, and the night temperature is low, on the one hand, it can reduce breathing consumption, save more organic matter, on the other hand, the pectin substance in the tea tree body is fully developed, in the bud leaves The pectin content increases, so the tea tree grows luxuriantly and the quality of the tea leaves is excellent.

In addition, the mountains and valleys are deep, the mountains are stacked, and the natural environment with dense forests makes the humid water vaporize into layers of clouds and mist, hovering between the mountains, enhancing the diffuse benefit of light. The tea tree is a shade-loving and shade-tolerant plant. Under the benefit of diffuse light, the leaves have no or less folding, the branches expand outward, the leaf surface increases in width and bulges, the leaf color becomes darker and more shiny, and the aromatic substances and nitrogenous fresh substances in the bud leaves increase , While the crude fiber content is reduced, the tenderness is more durable, and the astringent tea polyphenols are not much, relatively balanced, so the fullness of the tea soup is better, the bitterness is more balanced, but the aroma and freshness are Promote.

Every year during spring tea, the ancient tree tea in Yunnan is picked about ten days later than the young tree tea. The growth and maturity of the ancient tree tea is significantly longer than that of the young tree tea. Because the leaves of the ancient tea tree are larger and thicker (relative to the small tea tree), the chlorophyll content is higher, the photosynthesis is stronger, the organic matter (sugar) is generated more, and the tea soup tastes more mellow and sweet.

Therefore, the ancient tree tea is often fat, bright in color, firm in hand, and has good flexibility at the bottom of the leaf. The aroma of the tea soup is high, green and oily, and the taste is sweet, soft, and full. The fine spring is endless, the taste does not change before and after, the foam resistance is good, and the flavor is long.

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