Origin: Yunnan Province, China
Description: Yunnan Province has the oldest tea cultivation history in the world. Mountainous elevations and mild temperatures offer ideal growing conditions for the native Camellia sinensis var. sinensis plants. This terroir, with its unique soil profile, adds to the popular, rich, and mildly toasty flavour of Yunnan’s local dian hong (red teas).
This Yunnan Black is grown at higher elevations, offers a wonderfully rich and satisfying everyday steep. Excellent as a breakfast, or afternoon, or truly any time of day tea. Will take a little bit of milk, although we enjoy this one without. It is mature and full-bodied - an excellent and classic Yunnan tea. We are pleased to provide a tea which is such a high quality with an excellent cost per cup.
Tasting Notes: The steep is smooth, sophisticated and thirst-quenching. Well-rounded and toasty from start to finish, with little to no astringency even as the tea sits in the cup. The aroma is rich with hints of caramel. Notes of sweet and lush grasses roll through the steep alongside a delicate dark chocolate bitterness and subtle spice. The golden tipped tea buds add a rich sweetness, and there is a slight cane sugar finish, typical of teas from Yunnan. The finish is clean and crisp but still lingers nicely. The second steep maintains depth and complexity.
Brewing Instructions: 2g per cup. 100ºC water. Steep 3-5 minutes. Re-steep 4-6 minutes.
Optional addition of a quick rinse with 100ºC water and letting the leaves steam covered before the initial steeping will bring out even greater complexity of the leaves.
China has a rich and ancient tradition of producing high quality teas of all varieties, and black tea is no exception. This is where tea culture and industry, as we know it, began nearly 2,000 years ago.
Known as ‘Red Tea’ in China, the tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis sinensis plant are smaller and finer than their Indian counterparts, the Camellia sinensis assamica, and prefer cooler mountainous regions. Usually plucked by hand and gently processed, the end result are exquisitely fragrant teas with lesser levels of astringency and a soft body.
Several Chinese provinces are famous for their regional tea selections: Fujian Province is home to the well-known, pine-smoked Lapsang Souchong, while Keemun tea, the official choice of the British Queen, is produced in Anhui Province. Yunnan province produces the ever-popular varieties of Yunnan black tea and is also the region where China started its tea cultivation.
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