Zi Juan (Purple Tea) Dragon Ball Raw Pu-erh Tea

Soft and sweet, vegetal and floral

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Zi Juan (Purple Tea) Dragon Ball Raw Pu-erh Tea

Soft and sweet, vegetal and floral

93% of 100

Menghai County, Yunnan Province, China

Harvest Date:

Sep. 15, 2022

Production Date:

Oct. 8, 2022

Dry Leaf: 

Round ball shape, the tea strips are clear, dark and oily in color


Fresh, grassy, floral


Light purple-red


Fresh, soft and sweet, with slight bitterness and astringency,

mostly a light floral fragrance and a fresh aroma similar to ferns

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:

The aged the better

Angel's Comment:

It has beautiful purple red tea liquid, slightly astringency but fades fast, increasing fluid production.

Zi Juan tea, due to it is rich in anthocyanins, the whole plant is purple, and even the brewed tea liquid has a light purple color. Our Zi Juan Raw Puerh tea is formed into little balls, each weighing around 5g, making it convenient to brew and carry. It has very It has a very light and exquisite perfume, similar to the scent of flowers but also to the scent of vegetables. The tea liquid is lavender in color, with a smooth and delicate flavor, without the stimulant of ordinary raw pu-erh tea, and nearly without bitterness.


Because Zi Juan tea is rich in natural anthocyanins, when the pH of the brewing water is less than 5.0, the color of the tea liquid will change to red; when the pH of the brewing water is higher than 8.0, the color of the tea liquid will change to dark green; and only when the pH of the brewing water is around 7.0, the tea liquid will appear light purple. Furthermore, the water temperature for brewing Zi Juan tea is critical. If the water temperature is too high, the anthocyanins will be destroyed, and if the water temperature is too low, the flavor will be bland. The temperature should be between 85 and 90 degrees Celsius.

color changes

Recommend Brewing Method

Cup Method

Chinese Gongfu Method

Teacup: 12oz / 355ml Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
194℉ / 90℃ 194℉ / 90℃
1 tea ball 1 tea ball
Brewing time: 5 - 8 mins 8 steeps: rinse, 40s, 25s, 20s, 25s, 30s, 40s, 60s, 60s
      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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