Wu-Yi Source gets it's tea from Mt. Wu Yi Shan: the most fertile and mineral-rich land you’ll find anywhere in China. Their experienced tea director visits the mountain on an annual basis in order to select the yield of the highest standard. The goodness of Wu-Yi is due largely to the 17-point quality test conducted before harvesting.
Time Honored Tradition
The production of delicious Wu-Yi tea is conducted by our trained craftsmen who respect a time-honoured tradition which is always carefully followed. They are picked in units consisting of one bud and three leaves, generally early in the morning. Immediately upon plucking, the leaves are exposed to the sun to dry and age in direct mountain-side sun light for a determined period of time, depending on the season.
Once the leaves are dry, they are gently shaken into bamboo baskets to lightly tenderize the outer edges (this is the secret to our distinct, robust flavor). Then the leaves are spread out on hand-woven Chinese drying mats, where they are left to cure for up to 72 hours.
Note: Some companies try to cut this timely method out of the production method by fire-drying their leaves. We take the exact opposite approach, because we know the extra time we take in producing our premium Wu-Yi tea is a small price to pay for our worldwide reputation as the purest supplier of Wu-Yi tea.
Following this, the leaves are moved indoors to promote fermentation. The most critical part in the production process is when to stop fermentation. Our tea director has over 37 years of experience, and knows exactly when to halt the fermenting process to ensure the most potent and palatable Wu-Yi tea available.
The leaves are then hand-rubbed to break them at the molecular level. Not only does this generate a tasteful aroma and flavour, it helps to release the fat-burning catechins and enzymes so your body is able to absorb them more quickly and easily. (another critical step that is often neglected at many other tea plants, which significantly hinders the weight loss effects). Now, the tea particles are then sorted through and another quality check is performed by our tea director, where only a certain percentage of the harvest leaves are included in our premium weight loss formula.