Teacake from the Oldest Tree to be Auctioned
A block of pu'er tea from a 3,200-year-old tree will be on show during the third China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industry Fair (ICIF), a spokeswoman for Zhuoshi Teahouse said Thursday.
The reserve price for the 499-gram teacake has been set at 300,000 yuan (US$38,961.04), according to the teahouse in Luohu District. The auction will take place July 19.
The teacake was produced by Yunnan-based Dianhong Group last month, with the whole process witnessed by notaries, according to the shop.
The tea came from an ancient tree in Jinxiu Village in Fengqing County, Yunnan Province, which is said to be the oldest human-planted tea tree in the world and dubbed "Ancestor Tea in Jinxiu."
With a diameter of 1.84 meters, the tree is also the biggest tea tree in the world, growing at an altitude of 3,245 meters.
Only six teacakes have been made from the tree's leaves this year. The one to be auctioned in Shenzhen is one of the four on sale.
Zhuo Shaodong, the founder of Zhuoshi Teahouse, said the teacake was tight, thick, fragrant and beautifully black. "It is a top choice for drinking and collecting," Zhuo said.
Pu'er (or pu-erh) tea is named after Pu'er County near Simao, Yunnan. Unlike other teas that should ideally be consumed shortly after production, pu'er can be drunk immediately or aged for many years.