Origin: Simao County, Yunnan Province, China
Description: This is a classic Yunnan black tea (Dian Hong - also known as Red Tea). 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). These tea leaves are grown organically on the southern slopes of the Ma Wei Mountain in the county of Simao in Yunnan Province. The tea leaves were picked March 2022. This tea offers a wonderfully rich, nuanced, and satisfying steep.
Tasting Notes: Showcasing the nature of a Spring tea harvest in Yunnan, this tea provides a lively yet soothing steep. It is energizing, in the kind of way that makes you more sturdy on your feet. There is a honeyed sweetness, like a delicate nectar that dances through sweetly toasted and malted grasses. It offers a graceful and pleasant fresh astringency - that is present more-so through sensation than through flavour and brings a slight dryness to the cup. At the same time, the steep maintains a comforting and thirst-quenching sweetness.
Brewing Instructions: 2-3g per cup. 100ºC water. Steep 2.5-3 minutes. Drain all tea from the leaf. Re-steep.
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.
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