Wen Xingzhou

We met Mr. Wen and his wife Zhan Zimei through a good friend Hangzhou, their son in law. They live in a remote village with no road access where they harvest leaves from semi-wild bushes that are 70-80 year old. The village lies high in the mountains and the altitudes and cool weather produce a very small but highly prized yield of tea leaves each year. Despite approaching his eightieth year, Mr Wen insists on harvesting and processing all his teas by hand which requires frequent hikes up and down the mountain. His efforts are not wasted, though, as the teas he produces are truly unique and some of the best we have ever tasted.