Tasting Notes: Rich sienna-colored liquor with notes of sweet malt, citrus and spice.
The goldilocks of black tea, Yunnan Da Ye is just right, with a rich and full-bodied liquor but mellow tannins. Made from the indigenous large leafed varietal known in Yunnan as "Da Ye," this organic black tea is lightly hand rolled and contains a generous amount of golden twisted bud contributing to its balanced sweetness.
A gorgeous combination of finesse, rustic malty sweetness, and citrus fruit briskness, this tea is an example of the huge potential of the Yunnan. A staff favorite, Yunnan Da Ye is often highlighted when introducing our black tea.
Black tea lovers might enjoy comparing Yunnan Da Ye with our other golden bud tea, Jin Die.
Yunnan Da Ye may be enjoyed brewed in either the Western-style or using traditional Chinese teaware. If brewing using a Western-style teapot, you may anticipate 2-3 lovely steeps from each portion of Yunnan Da Ye. Traditional brewing techniques using a gaiwan or yixing will yield 4-6 steeps.
Black teas are fully oxidized tea leaves that are created by the will of the producer to create a robust and structured cup. Bearing this in mind, they are the most likely to become bitter and astringent if over brewed. Black tea should be brewed between two and four minutes, according to the style of the tea and your taste, with water just off boil at around 205 degrees. Our high quality black teas may be infused multiple times and will yield different expressions in each infusion.
What is Black Tea?
Black teas are made from fully oxidized leaves. The Chinese refer to black teas as "red teas" in reference to the copper colored of their infusion. Developed in the 18th century, the production process of black tea begins with withering of the leaves, and then moves to rolling, oxidation, drying, sorting, sifting and sometimes, an optional firing.
Health Benefits of Black Tea
Congratulations, if you are drinking tea, you have already chosen an incredible, healthful beverage. Tea is considered in many cultures to have medicinal properties. All tea comes from the same plant family, camellia sinensis, and therefore all types and styles contain the same components that contribute to significant health benefits. Influence of the varietal, growing conditions, production techniques, and your brewing practices play a role in the antioxidant and caffeine levels of your cup. Although black tea is considered to have higher caffeine than other tea types this is not necessarily true, and we encourage you to read your body's response to each tea, as caffeine levels in any category can vary from tea to tea.