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Organic Hong Songzhen Black Tea, a kind of Yunnan black tea (Dian Hong in short), is made of the one bud with one leaf from Yunnan large leaf Dayezhong spring tea. The dry leaf is even and straight, like Songzhen (Spine needle), hence its name “Hong SongZhen”. This tea is Dian Hong tea, but it is slightly different from the Fengqing Dian Hong tea. Compared with same shape tea - Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea Full-leaf, its dry leaves are thicker and the color of golden tips is reddish. After brewing, the tea liquid is particularly clear with natural sweet taste, but the sweetness of Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea Full-leaf is more like sweet caramel. The biggest feeling of this tea is pure, clean tea, clear tea liquid, pure taste, like the sweet of spring water from mountains. This tea tastes light, which is suitable for beginners who want to try some Dian Hong black tea and also suitable for old customers to enjoy another softer Dian Hong tea.
The shape as its tea name, organic Hong Songzhen black tea tastes sweet, mellow and pure, which is a “gentle and fresh” Dian Hong black tea.
The tea leaves of this black tea come from the Tuanjie Dazhai tea base of about 1800 meters altitude located in Cangyuan County. It is the mild and humid climatic conditions and the mountains-surrounded geography environment that make this garden be shrouded by clouds all year round. Under the nourishment of sufficient water, the tea leaves can keep tender and fresh for a long time. Meanwhile, the plenty of rainfall can bring the better color and lustre as well as the better taste to the tea leaves.
Except for the superior natural geographical advantages, managers of this tea garden also apply the Modern Science Management to this garden. For example, control the distances between tea tress, weed manually in a regular time, or prevent and cure the pest by physical insecticidal lamp and lure board.
The head of this tea garden told us that it has been planting tea tree for 30 years, and the tea trees are now in a stable growth period. They will also protect some birds consciously, coupled with the good ecological environment, the pest threat is rarely. It is these health management ideas that make the tea garden be certified by the organic detection of EOS, NOP, JAS and China, and can provide more and more delicious and health organic tea.
Do you know someone who has been adhering to do one thing just because of love? Ms. Tan, the producer of TeaVivre’s Organic Hong Songzhen (Pine Needle) Black Tea, has been dedicated herself to making black tea and ripened Pu-erh tea for 30 years.
When we ask her why she can adhere making black tea and ripened Pu-erh for over 30 years, she told us that black tea and Pu-erh are her favorite teas and even is a way of life. She thinks it is good, deeply in her mind, and she wants to share it with more and more people. Since she makes tea by herself, then she will make the most authentic tea, and will let people feel the real taste of black tea and Pu-erh. Year by year, she has been making tea for 30 years by holding this simple and pure thought.
Cangyuan County lies in the southwest of Lincang city. Its area is not large, but inhabitants here, Wa ethnicity, is one of the earliest people who engaged in tea cultivation. Cangyuan is also one of the original places of ancient tea trees, and has many growth areas of ancient tea trees, they grow together with other kinds of trees and hidden in mountains. According to the recorded information, the most well-preserved ancient trees community in Cangyuan covers over 50 acres, and contains more than 200 tea trees which are around 400 years old. Except for the ancient tea trees, people also grow many walnuts, sugar canes and other crops on the high mountains. Thanks to the superior natural and climate environment, crops here are abundant, of good quality and free from pollution.
Yunkang No. 10, tea clone species, is cultivated in 1954 from tea plants of varieties of Nannuo Mountain Natural Population by Tea Research Institute of Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences. At present, the extension area of Yunkang No. 10 is more than 1.3 million acreages, which is the largest variety among Yunnan tea. It has the characteristics of strong rooting ability of cutting, high transplanting survival rate, strong cold and disease resistance, fast-growing, high germination, high yield, excellent quality and etc. The one bud with one leaf tea sample contains 36.06% tea polyphenols and 44.90% aqueous extract. It is suitable for making Dian Hong black tea, Dian green tea, Pu-erh tea and etc and has been accredited as national improved variety.
Though black teas have been crafted in China for probably close to 2,000 years, the history of this particular type of black tea – Dian Hong – only stretches back about 100 years. Dian Hong was first crafted in the 1930's a man by the name of Feng Shaoqiu. The first batches of Dian Hong were instantly popular, and were exported through Hong Kong to England, where it became very much sought after due to its high price and favour with the Queen at the time, who preferred it – somewhat scandalously – to the in-favour Indian teas commonly drunk at that time.
Now Dian Hong has become one of the most respected and widely known types of Chinese black tea. Held in extremely high regard in China, it is often presented by the government there as gifts to visiting dignitaries.
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