Wild Tree Dian Hong Black Tea



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.

Place of Origin: Fengqing, Lincang, Yunnan 
• Altitude: 1500m
Harvest Date: April 2021
• Picking Standard: One bud with one or two leaves
Aroma: fruits and honey with slight woody notes
Taste: Multilayered, Rich, mellow fruity taste and long lingering finish
Varietal: Camellia sinensis var. assamica, Feng Qing Da Ye Zhong (凤庆大叶种)

Brewing guidelines:

       195℉ / 90℃  

1g per 50ml   3-4min

     1g per 20ml   5sec + 5sec for each subsequent infusion

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Maya A Sterling

This tea has an amazing earthy taste and is one of my favourite black teas because of how natural they taste. Its such a grounding tea that always makes me feel so calm and collected while I'm drinking it. I love to drink it with a savory breakfast like eggs :)

Manuel Jensa
I drink green, mostly oolong

I followed instructions, and I brew after rinse 4/5 Times for 5 sec adding some time goin ahead..
Really good as advised.
This tea is an high class and it produces a gold aromatic fruity and sweet amazing experience.
I go ahead with my infusions and this tea still have something to say . Onihagi is proud to drink the path of cha selection, Misha really give honour to quality.

Like a complex wine!

Fantastic tea. Full of flavors, like a complex wine, you will never mistake this tea for "just tea". There are distinctive woody, earthy and peppery notes that linger deliciously in your mouth for quite a while. It's a pleasure to drink any time of day, and I will definitely be ordering more.

David Michael White
Ancient Delight

Tea from an 800 year old tree? I had to try it and I was not disappointed. The fragrance and flavor were bold, sweet, and woody. This hong cha is a win in my book. 👍

A treat

I generally drink green, oolong and pu-erh teas because I have never taken to the “robust” flavor of black tea typically served in the US (English breakfast, etc.). The description of this wild Yunnan tea intrigued and I went for it. So glad I did! What struck me first was the sultry aroma of honey. Maybe some ripe melon in the flavor? There is no bitterness or astringency, I enjoy several brews from it (and have enjoyed it “grandpa style” as well). Love this tea, just made my second order!