Moganshan’s Zhejiang province is home to some of the most famous and aromatic teas in all of China, which have been harvested here for thousands of years. The Camellia sinensis plant, characterized by its small leaves, is indigenous to the region and still grows wild on the mountain.
Our own tea plantation in the Valley of Fairies, where Le Passage Mohkan Shan is located, began regular production of green tea in the 1960’s, harvesting wild plants brought down from the mountain. The plantation blankets about eight hectares, with plants organized in rows that run to the southwest to maximise exposure to the sun.
For the last ten years our plantation has been following bio-dynamic principles, free from pesticides, chemicals and artificial fertilizers. Our tea plants are pruned to produce shoots and then harvested just once a year, during the first flush– from the end of March to the end of April. It’s the first flush that produces the best quality buds and leaves.
We develop our tea plants slowly, but their wild nature combined with our green approach produces a complex, rich flavour. We produce three high quality teas– yellow, green and black (called red tea in Chinese). Green tea is un-wilted and un-oxidized and is dried rapidly during the night after picking. Yellow tea is also un-wilted and un-oxidized, but it’s allowed to yellow over a longer drying phase. Black tea is wilted and fully oxidized.
Our premium signature tea is the Mogan Huang Ya or Mogan Yellow Bud.