Dianhong
Earl Grey

Super Premium 95 P.

SKU
4744-bio
Organic Earl Grey Black Tea made with 100% organic bergamot essential oil. Black tea organically cultivated in Yunnan at 1,500m elevation. Hand-harvested. 100g
  • Famous Dianhong tea from its origin of Pu Erh
  • 100% organic bergamot essential oil from Calabria, Italy
  • Organic cultivation, certified since 2011, pesticide-free since farm's founding in 1998
  • 1,500m elevation
  • Hand-harvested
  • Large-leafed, autochthonous cultivar
  • Special oxidation process

 

Character Fresh, aromatic bergamot, malty sweet, robust, pleasantly bitter, classic Earl Grey
Teefarm A leading organic tea farm in the Wuliang Mountains in Pu Erh
Terroir Pu Erh, Yunnan, China
Harvest Summer harvest 2019, June, hand-harvested
Cultivar XueYa No.100 (雪芽百號) 30% and YunKang No.10 (雲抗十號) 70%
Elevation 1,500m above sea level
Fermentation / Oxidation Full oxidation
Processing Withering (6-16 hours), rolling, oxidation (6-10 hours), oven-drying (120°C)
Labortest -
Organic EU certified organic, CERES, JAS organic since 2011, pesticide-free cultivation since 1998
Grading 95/100 p. (black tea category); Super Premium
€12.90
100g

Delivery : 1–3 business days

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SKU
4744-bio
€12.90 / 100g
In stock

Tea Farm

The tea farm is located in the area above the city of Pu Erh, where a community of Dai people live. The farm received all major international organic certifications in 2011; tea cultivation has been pesticide-free and organic since the farm's founding in 1998.

Character

Flavour

This premium quality Dianhong black tea (滇紅茶, Dian is an older term for Yunnan) from Yunnan is appealing at first sight. The large leaves are rolled into snail shapes with dark brown and golden colour that indicate the perfection of careful production. The cup is bright orange while the flavour of the pure tea is quite malty and straightforward, with a fine bitterness. The addition of pure organic bergamot oil from Italy lends the tea a superbly fresh and citrusy aroma. This earl grey is exceptionally elegant.

Leaf

Attractive needles with a few golden tips

Cup

Bright orange

Black Tea

Black tea is the most oxidised form of tea. In contrast to green tea, the oxidation of the leaves after harvest and withering is not stopped with heat, but rather further facilitated by intensive rolling of the leaves, which breaks open cell walls and exposes the enzymes responsible for oxidation. Over the course of this process the leaves change from green to black and a full-bodied and broad aroma develops. The cup is often orange or red, which is where the Chinese name for this tea (hong cha, meaning "red tea") comes from.

Location, Cultivation, Processing

Location, Cultivation, Processing

The highlands of Yunnan have a mild, subtropical climate up to a high elevation. The highland slopes are mostly southern-facing, and are therefore more heavily influenced by the Indian Ocean and the Pacific.

This tea is grown at an elevation of 1,500m in the Wuliang Mountains above the city of Pu Erh, far removed from industry. Rather than any major motorways, it is the historical Tea Horse Road that cuts through the tea fields. Traditionally, various large leafed cultivars are grown in Yunnan that in some cases stem from very old tea plants.

Oxidation of the tea takes place indoors. The tea leaves are laid out on bamboo baskets for withering, during which the room temperature is strictly controlled. Thereafter the leaves are machine-rolled. After withering, the leaves are placed in special wooden crates and covered with clothes for oxidation. The tea master monitors the leaves closely to determine when the oxidation should be stopped. The leaves are dried in the last stage at 120°C.

Organic Certification

Preparation

Preparation

2-3g per 100-300ml 85°C water. Steep for 2-3 minutes. Suitable for several infusions.

Packaging

High quality, airtight, resealable standing zipper pouch with 9 protective layers to preserve flavour and protect against oxidation and contamination.

Recommended Teapot

For an especially aromatic and traditional-tasting Earl Grey, we recommend an elegant glass teapot from Hario or, alternatively, a classic porcelain teapot.

Recommended Storage

Ideally store in a quality tea caddy made from cherry tree bark (wooden, kabazaiku chazutsu) or an airtight, double-coated metal tin.

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