The Zhang family are part of the native Yi population of Yunnan in China. Their traditional lands are 2000m above water level and the tea trees that grow there are hundreds of years old. White tea was very recently introduced to the province of Yunnan and the Yi community have perfected the technique in a short time.
When our tea hunters met the Zhang family in 2012 they were incredibly hospitable and that was the first time we were introduced to their tea. Grandmother Zhang, accompanied by her pet monkeys, prepared and served the tea and since then, their white tea has been a staple at O5.