Hailing from Taiwan, Yangqing Hao is a boutique producer of traditional pu'er, known for his stringent standards of quality control, overseeing each production personally. Each cake is individually pressed using antique stone molds from the Hao Ji era (pre-WWII). Driven purely by quality, less emphasis is placed on famous locales or regions. This allows Mr. Yang to source leaves from pristine forests, often overlooked by mass market producers.
The 2007 Huangshan Lingya is made from wild trees in Mengla county, sparsely scattered and distant from one another, with an average age of 200-400 years old. They have been tended to by generations of Yunnan's Jiushi Yao ethnic tribes, and these cakes are made according to their traditions.