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Red Tea

Dian Hong 滇紅

Rose, cocoa, red bean soup, dark honey

Regular price $17.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $17.00 USD

Vintages:

Early Spring 2020: Sweet, earthy, tree barks, apple skin, soft dates

About This Tea

This special batch of red tea comes from an organic tea garden at a very high elevation. It's made with innovation from Professor Zhou Hong Jie of Yunnan Agriculture University. The tea leaves were wilted in an oxygen-deprived environment to enrich GABA content. In addition to this being a naturally sweet and delicious red tea, it also offers added benefits to drinkers' neurological health.

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  • Origin

    Da Su Shu, Da Li, Yun Nan Province, China (~2500-2600m elevation)

  • History and Significance

    Simply put, Dian Hong means red tea from Yun Nan. Our Dian Hong is made with notable innovation from Professor Zhou Hong Jie of Yunnan Agriculture University at a very high elevation. The tea leaves were wilted in an oxygen-deprived environment to enrich their GABA content.

  • Category

    Category: Red Tea

    Sub-Category: Min Bei Hong Cha

  • Processing

    Red tea is wilted, then after the stems have lost enough moisture to snap, the wilted leaves are rolled vigorously to break the membranes sufficiently. This step allows complete oxidation that will facilitate the fermentation later on. Red tea is rolled for the most extended amount of time among all teas, often for over an hour. The rolled leaves are shaken loose and evenly layered into a bamboo basket and then covered with wet clothes to ferment. Greener leaves are picked out in a tedious picking step before baking dry over charcoal ash. Ti Xiang is a baking technique designed to enhance and purify the tea's aroma without altering its original flavor profile. It is usually done at least three weeks after the tea has been baked. It is a tricky step that many opt to skip because, if not done correctly can quickly ruin an otherwise mediocre tea.

  • Tasting Notes

    Dian Hong is known for having notes of rose, cocoa, red bean soup, and dark honey. It's comforting to the soul and body.

  • Brewing Instructions

    Please see above for the category specific brewing specs for Gong Fu brewing. For brewing in a teapot, mug, or single cup visit this article here.

  • Learn How To Gong Fu Brew

    This foundational course is a great resource to help you understand the methods and motions of Gong Fu Brewing.