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饒奶奶的罐罐茶 貴州仡佬族原生傳統工藝綠茶

Single-batch Traditional Wild Green Tea Made by Grandma Rao from the Indigenous Tai Tea Trees 

Aged 100, Grandma Rao still goes to the mountains foraging for tea leaves and produces tea from her kitchen. She is one of the respected elders from the Rao Brother family in Shiqian, Guizhou. Her knowledge of indigenous plants and the traditional approach to tea-making has been passed down to the Rao Brothers and significantly influenced their approach to our Wild Green Tai and Wild & Ancient Red Tai tea.

Grandma Rao’s Guan Guan Cha represents one of the oldest tea-making traditions in the Guizhou region today. After natural withering, “fixation” (殺青), oxidation, rolling and frying all happen simultaneously as she tosses and turns the leaves by hand under wood-burning heat. Going beyond the six types of Chinese teas today defined by their processing procedures, it is a tea that celebrates the union of Green, Yellow, Red and raw Puerh tea.

Expect mesmerising floral notes intertwined with earthy undertones while the depths of red and Pu’er tea follow a refreshing, thirst-quenching mouthfeel. (It’s a journey!) 

This tea is full of life and strength, and we recommend enjoying it after a meal and starting with 3-4g per brew for at least 10 re-brews until you have made acquaintance with it. A tea for you to slow down and feel joyous, lifted and energised. 

Taste Profile

Creamy, Nutty, Woody, Refreshing, and Floral

  • Enlivening & Uplifting
  • Refreshing & Cooling
Health Benefits
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Focus & Clarity
  • Nutrient Dense
  • 2023 Autumn
Indigenous Tree Type

Tai 苔茶種

Tree Age

400 - 600 y/o


Shi Qian, Guizhou.



Cultural Significance

罐罐茶 literally means “tea in a little pot”. For centuries, the Gelao people like to gather around the fire while waiting for their tea to simmer in a clay pot. Typically adding salt and seasonal roasted grains, the soup is poured into small bowls for everyone to enjoy. Guan Guan Cha style is still a preferred way of drinking tea in Shiqian, Guizhou today.

What's so special about this tea?

What's so special about Tai tea?

Tai tea trees, native to the east of the province, have grown wild and remained almost inaccessible for millennia. They're bold in colour (purple), taste and nutrients thanks to the area's mineral-rich soil and unique natural spring irrigation. A typical brew of
Tai tea has an infusion extract of 46% (a good quality whole-leaf infusion is around 32%). Tai teas are packed with much more nutrients than other teas – including vitamins, anthocyanin (a natural anti-oxidant) and minerals such as Ka, Zinc and Selenium."

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 2 reviews
    Andrew Smaje
    Fresh, astringent, long lasting

    Lip-smackingly fresh on first brew, like a young green tea, then upliftingly astringent like grapefruit and bitter melon, but sweeter than that suggests. Superb. So glad to have experienced this tea.


    A beautiful tea, indeed.