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红茶 - Red tea

For more information about the naming tea ,please refer to  Chinese Tea Vocabulary at the footer of the website.

Grade

Song Zhen - 1 tip and 1 or 2 or 3 leaves , Jin Zhen , Jin Si , Jin Ya, Jin Luo - only tips , Gu Shu - older / bigger leaves and Huang Pian ( yellow leaves ) and some tips

Processing

Fujian style with temperature fin...

红茶 - Red tea

For more information about the naming tea ,please refer to  Chinese Tea Vocabulary at the footer of the website.

Grade

Song Zhen - 1 tip and 1 or 2 or 3 leaves , Jin Zhen , Jin Si , Jin Ya, Jin Luo - only tips , Gu Shu - older / bigger leaves and Huang Pian ( yellow leaves ) and some tips

Processing

Fujian style with temperature final roast in short time called " Ti Xiang or Gao Xiang  ", like Zhong Guo Hong , Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong which promotes nutty and chocolate sweet notes.

Yunnan traditional style with light withering and sun dried called  " Shai Hong " , promoting fruity notes and suitable for ageing even in less humid environment.

Typical Dian Hong style like Classic 58 tea which is made with light withering and post processed on low temperature roast in order to preserve fruity notes and provide rich tea same time.

Shape

Apart of the loose form also in various shapes are available,  like cakes , bricks , tuo , balls called " Long Zhu ". The reason is not only convenience of storing but also ageing purposes and mostly done with aging ability black teas like Sun Dried " Shai Hong " .

Trees

Generally made of "tai di cha" - tea bushes from plantations like in Feng Qing area or Simao ( Puer ) . In Yunnan , the red tea is also made from older arbor tea trees called Gu Shu Hong Cha.

Varietal

Many varietals like Jin Pu Hao in Ailao Shan and Jing Gu area , Yun Keng Shi Hao from Feng Qing  but also Zi Jiuan or Zi Ya- the purple varietal is used along with Ye Sheng Hong Cha from Camelia Taliensis wild tea trees.

Origin

We generally focus on Yunnan tea , but Fujian also offers large variety of black tea but only from small young bushes. In Yunnan the most famous areas are Feng Qing and Simao  ( Puer ).

Harvest

In Yunnan generally red tea is made of spring , summer or autumn harvest. It is falsely believed that the spring harvest is always the best. Some red ( blacks ) are the better in autumn edition than spring. Also some black teas might take year or two to develop a better taste, so the fresh ones also not always better.

Brewing

Brewing parameters ( volume , amount of tea , time of brewing ) depends on personal taste preference and desired strength of the tea. Temperature is recommended 90 - 100C where lower temperature for more tipsy blacks or light withered sun dried ones and higher for dark oxidized and heavy roasted black teas like Keemun , Zhen Shan Xiao Zhong etc.

In brewing the white tea, the size of the leaf ( grade )  , age of trees ( bush or Gushu ) or shape ( loose / pressed and soft or hard pressed ) factors also need to be concerned.

The products listed below is a representative selection of the elements written above , helping you to understand the differences by trying particular examples.



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    Also known as Yunnan golden Needles. Yunnan Dianhong Black tea from Feng Qing made of autumn tips of Yun Keng Shi Hao variety. The tea leafs are processed accurately and rolled with big tips together into the shape of needles. Big Golden Needles  - Da Jin Zhen. Sweet taste with hint of blossoming flowers in the spring with slight and pleasant bitterness...

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    Special grade of spring Yunnan Black tea from Simao made of the small tips growing on the top of the of Yun Keng Shi Hao variety. Honey Fragnance Golden Tips Golden name stands for actual taste notes, yet this one has gone through the " ti xiang " ( high temp. roast ) so roasted nuts are dominating character. The golden color emerges during processing and...

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    Feng Qing Classic 58 Black Tea in grade of 1 tip and 2 leafs. Very well processed , bittersweet taste with fruity notes. Very suitable as a daily / breakfast drinker. This tea is also sold on market as "Song Zhen" a pine needles - due to it's shaping. We sell this tea in paper box of 250g. 

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    Chinese Red is the translation of this famous tea. This autumn harvest from Fengqing .Fully oxidized with typical gao xiang ( high temp. roast ) technique processed tea leaf releases remarkable chocolate and cocoa scent out from the first brew. The touch of roasted nuts with hint of sour note can be also experienced during some steepings. Suitable also...

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    Very interesting black tea from our Dan Cong farmer.  Honey scent with woody notes . The crispy clear golden tea liquor has very sweet and fruity body leaving pleasant sensation in your mouth right after the first cup.

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    Dark chocolate notes coming from the dry dark roasted high grade tiny tea leafs picked in Wuyi mountain located in Fujian prov. Strong and dark thick tea liqour your are going to get right after the first infusion.Bitter-sweet sensation in your mouth and dark prune notes with very light smokiness which is the sign of traditional processing. Slight fruity...

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    First spring harvest of purple variety tea leafs and buds processed as black ( red ) tea with naturally dried on the sun finish , which is called Shai Hong. That allows to tea develop the taste with time (  very close to ageing with sheng puerh tea ) . Typical herbal notes of purple varietal which are also noticeable in aroma along with sweet plum touch.

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    Ye Sheng Hong from spring tea leafs from Feng Qing area picked up in spring from young tea trees.Typically fruity scent from gaiwan which turns slight sour in taste along with sweet potato notes. Substantial amount of scattered "ya bao" give an extra sweet hint which is well balanced with bitterness of the tea leaf it self. This is affordable version of...

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    Spring harvest of purple tea leafs growing on high elevated plantations (around 2000m.alt) on Wuliang mountain and processed as black ( red ) tea by "ti xiang" technique , or as called Fujian style. High temp. roast for short time at the end of processing gives tea unique chocolate aroma and so the taste note. We also have  the exactly same tea made by...

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    Where Yunnan producers fail , Fujian masters gain. They can get maximum out of the local tea leaves, and this one is the proof! Although it's named as regular Yunnan Red , it is far from the truth. It is not regular and it doesn't taste like one either. Sweet candy gummy bear notes, which you can generally experience in expensive Hong Oolong, are also...

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