Origin: Yunnan Province, China
Date Picked: Late March 2016
Flavour Profile: Most prominent notes include dark chocolate, toasted rice, with floral undertones of wild rose hips and fruity peach notes. Overall this tea is very full bodied.
This special tea, known in China as Dian Hong (Yunnan Red), is one of Sasha’s favourites.
Yunnan Gold is one of the newest teas to come out of the region, with production beginning in the early 19th century. Nonetheless its speacial flavour has quickly made it a prized Chinese tea.
The tea consists of fine tea buds, a distinctive difference to all traditional teas coming from the area, which were typically compressed into Puerh cakes.
Only the smallest buds are picked. These are then left in in the sun to oxidise. Once this stage is complete the farmer, sorts through the leaves, removing all green leaves (usually stems) with chopsticks. These are then baked under a relatively low heat in order to dry them out.