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Six Famous Tea Mountains

There is a story about how the six ancient tea mountains came to be. Zhu Geliang, also called Kongming, came to the area in Yunnan of the great six mountains. He left one item on each of the six mountains, and it’s this gift to the mountains that made them so special. These mountains became known as the Ancient Six Tea Mountains.

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The characteristics of the tea from each the ancient six mountains are:

1

Youle Mountain

Large-leafed trees, taste bitter, changing to sweet very fast, quenches your thirst very fast, smell normal. Tea color is light orange.

2

Mangzhi Mountain

Small-leafed trees. Taste bitter at first, changes to a strong sweet taste very quickly, light aroma, deep Orange liquor color.

3

Mangzhuan Mountain

Large-leafed trees, tastes a little bitter at first, again changes to a strong sweet taste very fast, smells like plum. Tea color is dark yellow.

4

Yibang Mountain

Small-leafed trees. Tastes a little bitter at first, changes to sweet very fast, smells like orchid fragrance. Tea color is dark orange.

5

Gedeng Mountain

Small-leafed trees. Tastes a little bitter at first, then taste sweet quickly, smells fresh. Tea color is dark orange.

6

Mansa Mountain (Yiwu Mountain)

Large-leafed trees. Tastes a little bitter, Strong aroma, smells like honey plum and orchid. It’s the most famous tea mountain since ancient.

The tea production volume fell off from the above-mentioned six major mountains. The tea center of growth moved to the other side of the Lancang River (Lancangjiang), called the Mekong River outside of China.

Six new tea mountains were named in modern times:

1

Nanluo Mountain

Large-leafed trees. Tastes a little bitter and feels sweet too. Tea color is clear orange. Smells like honey and orchid. The tea picked around Qingming, smells like lily flower.

2

Bulang Mountain

Large-leafed trees. Tastes a little bitter at first, and then quickly changes to sweet. Tea color is clear orange. Unique aroma, like plum incense, flower honey incense, and orchid incense.

3

Bada Mountain

Large-leafed trees. There are hundreds of old wild tea   trees there. There’s an old wild tea tree in Hesong village. It’s over 1800 years old. The tea tastes bitter at first, but feels sweet after very soon. The tea color is a clear transparent orange. The tea leaves are shining dark green. Nice aroma, plum fragrance and honey smell.

4

Nanqiao Mountain

Middle-leafed trees. More bushes, not many big old wild   trees. A slightly sweet taste and dark orange color, aroma is moderate, normally a low-grade of tea.

5

Mengsong Mountain

Medium-leafed trees. Not many old wild trees, mostly   shrubs, bitter taste with a slightly sweet after taste, dark yellow color.   Tea leaves are very dark green.

6

Huiming Jingmai Mountain

Large-leafed trees. The largest concentration of wild tea   trees among the 12 Tea Mountains. It’s known as "Thousands acre ancient tea trees." Tastes bitter and strong with a fast sweet after taste.