The Great Emperor of China once asked the tea master Lao Cha:
— Tell me, old master, how were you able to achieve a tea with such extraordinary taste?
— This wasn’t difficult, my Emperor. All I had to do was wait 800 years until the tea bushes reach the ideal age, and the soil surrounding their roots soaks up all the wild fruits and becomes rich and moist. This is the secret.
This tea is made from old trees (Gu Shu) growing in the wild mountainous area of Fengqing, Yunnan, at 1500 meters elevation. The natural ecological environment in the area provides ideal growing conditions for black tea cultivation, free from pollutants and chemicals.
The decomposing wild fruits and fallen leaves in this area give sufficient nutrients to the trees growing in this soil for hundreds of years. The tea leaves overflow with taste and aroma that feels alive even after numerous infusions. This Hong Cha has a rich, smooth and mellow taste, followed by a lingering sensation of sweetness.
The trees for Yunnan Dian Hong Wild Black Tea grow deep in the mountains of Western Yunnan. In symbiosis with other plant species native to the region, the ancient trees grow for decades without trimming. The high altitude blocks the development of plant diseases, so the trees do not require fertilization or pesticides usage. Their root system is strong and well-developed, reaching deep into the ground. The abundant soil nutrients and the pristine surroundings create a remarkable tea full of Cha Qi.
The oily black leaves are plump and tight. Unlike ordinary Dian Hong, you will notice that they have little - if any golden hair. The clear, bright orange tea soup has a smooth entrance, soft, mellow mouthfeel, and intensive returning sweetness (Hui Gan). Notes of ripe fruits and honey fragrance and a rich, layered taste with woody base notes evoke a landscape of blooming meadow amid a lush spring forest. After sipping, wait till the cup cools down - you will feel a strong honey aroma lingering at the bottom. Due to the trees growing without human intervention, the bottom leaves are not uniform, with irregular leaf edges. They are plump, with strong luster and good stretch - a sign of rich nutritional content and fertile surroundings.
Unlike ordinary Dian Hong, Wild Tree Dian Hong Black Tea typically uses only tea leaves from wild trees. It abides by the traditional way of processing Yunnan Red tea, where farmers pick the tea leaves and spread them thinly to dry for a couple of hours. They then roll the leaves and let them ferment before the last drying stage. Unlike ordinary Dian Hong, most tea processing is done by hand. The scarce raw material, lower annual output, and traditional processing make this tea an outstanding product worthy of its price.
195℉ / 90℃
6g per 500ml 3-4min
6g per 120ml 5sec + 5sec for each subsequent infusion