Zi Juan (Purple Tea) Black Tea

Full of anthocyanins, sweet and smooth

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Zi Juan (Purple Tea) Black Tea

Full of anthocyanins, sweet and smooth

87% of 100

Menghai County, Yunnan Province, China

Harvest Date:

April 30, 2023

Dry Leaf: 

Tea strips are fat and long, deep dark brown in color with few golden tips


Floral, fruity and honey


Bright and clear orange yellow


The taste is delicate, full-bodied and smooth, with sweet and fruity in the mouth

Tea Bush:

Zi Juan (Camellia sinensis var. assamica cv. Zijuan)

Tea Garden:

Man Xin Long Tea Garden


Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)


Store in cool, dry place away from sunlight; keep ventilated

Shelf Life:

36 Months

Angel's Comment:

It has clear and orange tea liquid, with sweet, delicate and smooth taste.

Zi Juan tea is loved by many tea lovers because it is rich in anthocyanins. This tea is produced using the withering, fermentation, and drying procedures from the Zi Juan tea species. Its dry leaves are fat and with slight floral and fruity aroma, the tea liquid is sweet and smooth with a hint of nectar scent. It is worth noting that this tea is not dried at high temperatures, but rather in the sun, and tea manufactured in this manner, like Pu-erh, improves with age. So this tea can actually store longer than three year if we preserve it well.

Recommend Brewing Method

Cup Method

Chinese Gongfu Method

Teacup: 12oz / 355ml Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
194℉ / 90℃ 194℉ / 90℃
4g Tea 5g Tea
Brewing time: 3 - 5 mins 8 steeps: rinse, 10s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s, 90s
      Rinse time is 5 seconds
Tea Garden

Man Xin Long stockaded village is located in Bulang Shan entirely surrounded by forests. The Bulang nationality here migrated over two hundred years ago, and planted the original tea trees along the nearby 150 mu of hillsides during that time. This Zi Juan tea is grown at an elevation of 1300-1500 meters. The entire planting region has a warm environment, with an annual average temperature of around 15°C, plenty of rain, and high humidity, making it ideal for the growth of Zijuan tea plants.

tea garden

tea garden

tea garden

tea garden


Bulang Mountain sits in Menghai County of Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, and is a famous area of pu-erh production. This mountain houses the largest concentration of ancient tea trees within a 100,000-hectare area.

The mountain rolls and stretches across Menghai, with deep valleys cutting through hills that can reach up to 1216 meters on average, with the highest point, Sanduo Peak, rising almost 2100m above sea level. Bulang Mountain experiences a subtropical monsoon climate, with abundant sunlight and rainfall of about 1374mm per year, and the average temperature between 18 and 21℃. There is little risk of frost here, and the season for it is also short; during the spring and winter a heavy fog blankets the mountain, while the summer and autumn months are often overcast and rainy.

Map of Yunnan,Bulang Mountain

Tea Bush

A new tea tree variety from Yunnan known as "Zi Juan" (Camellia sinensis var. assamica 'Zijuan') is a member of the large-leaved mesophytes and tiny trees family. It is called "Zi Juan" because the buds and leaves of the new shoots develop into purple buds, purple leaves, and purple stems. It has thick, hairy buds and leaves. It can grow well at altitudes between 800 and 2000 meters, as long as there is enough sunlight, warm, humid weather, healthy soil, and a pH level between 4.5 and 5.5.

Zi Juan is the tea tree cultivar with the greatest anthocyanin concentration discovered thus far. The anthocyanin concentration of young shoots with one bud and two leaves can be as high as 2.7% - 3.6%, which is more than 5 times that of blueberries.

At the moment, Zi Juan has a specific planting size in Yunnan and has been adopted for planting in all main tea locations in China. In terms of goods, people are still investigating ways to process Zi Juan tea into six primary teas, and many new items have emerged. The processing method used to make Zi Juan pu-erh tea is the most mature, and it has been appreciated and acknowledged by customers, resulting in a distinct Zi Juan pu-erh line of goods.

tea bush

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