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2019 Bai Ye Guangdong Black

Black Tea from China

A beautiful handcrafted black tea that is smooth and rounded with a deliciously thick body.

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A beautiful handcrafted black tea that is smooth and rounded with a deliciously thick body. Delicately floral, with prominent notes of baked peach and honey leave a long lasting sweet finish.

This new addition to our collection of ever expanding delightful and interesting black teas, Bai Ye Guangdong black, has become my personal favourite black tea from this region. We first introduced this style of tea last year with Honey Orchid Phoenix Red produced from the mi lan xiang cultivar.

This expands my interest in black teas that are produced using cultivars of tea plants typically reserved for oolong production. The result from using the bai ye cultivar is a thick liquor that is juicy and delicious.

Origin: Zhong Xin Yan, Guangdong, China

Flavour profile: SWEET | BAKED PEACH | HONEY

Processing highlights: Bai ye or ‘white tip’ cultivar is favoured in Chazhou for the production of the dan congs. This early harvested tea was plucked from bushes approximately 80 years of age. Plucked and sorted by hand this tea has been produced as a black tea drawing on the experience within the family of black tea production in Wuyishan and traditional charcoal baking.

Harvest: 28.03.2019

Cultivar: Bai ye

Tea Master: Mr Zhou

The original Dan Cong plants were propagated from seed over 700 years ago in the Phoenix Mountains (Feng Huang Shan) area. These have been harvested and processed individually since this time, hence, the name Dan Cong or single bush. The tea makers noted differences in flavours and aromas from each of the plants and thus begun a fine example of selective breeding as each plant was given the name of the fragrance they represented. 

Elevation: 800m

Bai Ye Guangdong Black has a fragrant liquor that is sweet and jammy. Delicious notes of toasted cereal grains combine with flavours of baked peach, honey and pine. This black tea that is enjoyable to drink at any time of day and is a very easy to brew.

Bai Ye Guangdong Black pairs well with breakfast foods and desserts.

Try this tea with chocolate cake or buckwheat pancakes with mascarpone and figs.

Leaf appearance: Long slender twisted strip style

Aroma: Semi-sweet cereal and sweet potato noted pronounced in the liquor

Liquor colour: Brilliant red

Brewing & Storage

Store in an airtight container away from light, heat and moisture. 

Brewing Method Amount Temperature Time Infusions
Western 2-3g / 150mL 95˚C-100˚C 2-3 mins 2+
Gong Fu Cha 4-6g / 100mL 95˚C-100˚C First brew: 20s Subsequent: 25-50s 4+
Cold Brew 6g / 500mL Refrigerate Overnight (approximately 8hrs) 1