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Fengqing Dragon Pearl Black Tea

Mellow and rich taste, with undertones of chocolate

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Fengqing Dragon Pearl Black Tea

Mellow and rich taste, with undertones of chocolate

Rating:
95% of 100
Summary
Origin:

Lida Village, Mengyou, Fengqing County, Lincang City, Yunnan Province, China

Season:

Spring Tea

Harvest Date:

April 28, 2018

Dry Leaf: 

Handmade into globular black tea, with golden tips

Aroma: 

A strong and distinctive aroma with an enticing hint of chocolate

Liquor: 

Bright red-brown color

Taste: 

Bold and rich, with undertones of chocolate,

sweet aftertaste, infusion enduring

Tea Bush:

Fengqing large-leaf wild tea bush species

Tea Garden:

Lida Ecologic Tea Garden

Caffeine:

Less than 40% of a cup of coffee

Storage:

Store in airtight, opaque packaging; in cool, dry place

Shelf Life:

36 months

Angel's Comment:

This Dragon Pearl Black Tea is perfect for a daily breakfast tea for black tea lovers to have a fresh beginning of the day. Or drink in the afternoon to wash away the stress of the day.

Certification:

Eurofins Certification

Using black tea from Fengqing, Yunnan as the base material, these dragon pearls are manually made into their distinctive shape, preserving the characteristic aroma of the black tea inside. The workers can produce about one kilogram of this tea per hour.

The leaves for these pearls should only be picked around the time of Qingming, or pre-Ming - or in other calendars, about two weeks after the spring equinox. The leaves used are the highest grade of spring teas, with noticeable white hairs along the surface; when smelling the dry pearls, you can easily pick out a chocolate aroma.

Recommend Brewing Method

Cup Method

Chinese Gongfu Method

Teacup: 12oz / 355ml Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
194℉ / 90℃ 194℉ / 90℃
Use 6 Grams Tea Use 5 Grams Tea
Brewing time: 5 - 8 mins 5 steeps: rinse, 20s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s
Tea Garden

The Yunnan Dianhong Teas come from an elevation of 1800 meters right from Lida Tea Garden, located southwest of Mengyou Town in Fengqing. Its high elevation and ecologic environment make it a perfect place for producing Dianhong Black Tea.

Lida Tea Garden

Tea Farmer

Mr. Zhou Zhirong, an authentic Yunnan citizen, has been in the tea business for more than two decades. We felt his respect and insistence of traditional tea-crafting processes just by talking with him; he said, “Most of my time is spent on this mountain. I think the most important part of the tea is the essential quality inside it. There’s the best tea trees and best environment here in Fengqing: what we need to do is bring that natural essence of the tea to tea lovers all over the world.”

Tea Famer Mr. Zhou

Origin

Fengqing is a region in the northeast part of Lincang, one of the four famous Pu-erh production areas (among Xishuangbanna, Pu’er (Simao), and Baoshan). Lincang is about 680 kilometers from Yunnan province, Kunming, and is also the origin of the world-famous Dian Hong black tea, as well as one of the original tea-production regions all over the world.

Map of Fengqing

Fengqing played an important role in the northern part of the Ancient Tea Route, or Silk Road; this region is also home to the largest ancient tea tree in the world, named “Jing Xiu Cha Wang”, in Xiang Zhuqing village. It is 3200 years old with a trunk almost two meters across.

Tea Bush

The tea tree is Fengqing large leaf species (belongs to Yunnan large leaf species). It is the variety of sexual propagation, arbor, super large leaf, and a big plant which could reach the height over 6 meters. In 1984 the Chinese government certificated Fengqing large leaf species as national grade, and numbered it as “Huacha NO. 13 (GsCT13)”.

Fengqing large leaf species

Fengqing large leaf species contains a large amount of tea polyphenol and catechin. Usually in spring teas there are 2.9% of amino acid, 30.2% of tea polyphenol, 3.2% of caffeine and 13.4% of catechin.

History

Dian Hong Black Tea was first produced in the 1930's by Feng Shaoqiu in Fengqing, Yunnan (the place which was considered well to grow tea for its natural environment). The first batches of Dian Hong were instantly popular, and were exported through Hong Kong to England and other Western countries. 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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