Light Roast Wild Tree Purple Varietal Black Tea of Dehong * Spring 2013

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205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 45 sec 7 g 10 oz / 297 ml

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This is a lightly processed black tea that was hand-crafted using a wild tree purple leaf varietal from Dehong prefecture. Ye Sheng "野生“ varietal aka “Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze var. assamica (J. Masters) Kitam.” is a primeval varietal that pre-dates Camellia Sinensis var. Assamica and is a naturally occuring non hybridized varietal. It’s potency in cha qi arises from it’s unadulterated nature. It is naturally bug repellent, grows wild in the forests of Yunnan at an altitude of 1600-2200 meters.

The aroma of tea is very strong and hints of eucalyptus and sugarcane. The bottom of the cup after drinking hints of dry red wine! The mouth feel is incredibly complex and stimulating with some slight bitterness and astringeny. Ultra smooth tea that after a few months will develop even more complexity. Very noticeable cha qi that heats up the body and hot day might cause the drinker to sweat a bit!

How is this tea different from the other Wild Tree Purple Varietal from Dehong that we sell:

- Processing and roasting uses less time and less heat
- The “ye sheng” varietal of tea used is more obvious
- Hints of Wu Yi Shan oolong in the aroma and mouth-feel
- More bitterness
- More aggressive cha qi

An incredibly rare tea, only 110 kilograms in total production for 2013!

Spring 2013

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Ah, vacation!
Been a long while since i tried this one. Decided to do it westernstyle with water from the tetsubin. It taste like most yunnan blacks but with a smoky flavour added to the usual malty sweetness.
I do really prefer this tea gong-fu to bring out a stronger flavour.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 15 OZ / 450 ML

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Working my way through the box that Sil sent me. Thank you so much.

I think this one is a little strange. I find it a little smokey, and a little earthy. This is a lot like an aged black or a really mild pu’erh. Interesting and I like it. This is one that I would like to get my hands on more of – would like to play around with steep parameters and see what other fun nuances I could tease out of it.
This one is really fun – thanks so much Sil for sharing.

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This is a fascinating tea – I’ve only ever had one other tea that has a remotely similar taste – sun-dried buds from wild Yunnan trees. While the buds (essentially processed like a white tea) were very light and floral, this tea is much richer and intense. Incredibly beautiful dark red/purple leaves. It is full flavored, has minimal bitterness, and tastes like no other black tea.

Flavors: Floral

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thanks terri! I’m not sure what to make of this one. I like it, but on the other hand it’s a little weak for me. I had a few steepings of this and it never developed into something i REALLY wanted. That being said, I’m glad to try it since i’m really enjoying the Yunnan sourcing journey that terri is taking me on! thanks sister!

Terri HarpLady

I think most of the Yunnan Sourcing blacks we’ve been having are at their best gongfued. I usually go with 5G + 4oz X 15/30/45sec/1min/2/ etc until it gets lame, :)


yeah i’ve been trying to brew most of them that way whenever possible :)

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I have quite a few teas here that I’ve never tried, and this is one of them. It was included as a free sample in my most recent Yunnan Sourcing order, which was back around black friday, I think.

Sometimes I get caught up in just going with easy teas, you know, steep 1 tsp for 3 min, or whatever. I forget how much better these full leaf teas are in a gongfu session. So today I went with 5G + 4oz (rinse) X 15sec/30/45/1min…etc

OH, the Chaqi, oh the lovely mellow feeling, oh the delicious tea.
Herbaceous & sweet, love in a cup.


misssss yooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

Terri HarpLady

((((Sil))))) Me too!!!!!
We need to hang out on FB soon, it’s been way too long.
ALSO, I need to get my act together & send this damn box off…LOL!


haha i’m doing a post office run this weekend to send swaps out :) figure that will be my kick off for march :)

Terri HarpLady

I might have to send 2 boxes. One for you, & one for the BBBB. I don’t think I have a box that is the right size to cram it all into, hahahah


i did that for you at christmas haha

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