A complex red tea that is crafted solely from buds produces a smooth and perfectly balanced semi-sweet liquor reminiscent of cacao, malt, and a floral bouquet.
We haven’t stocked this tea for a little while but decided on acquiring a small quantity from the Spring 2018 harvest period. We are so pleased with this beautiful Dian Hong Jin Ya black tea and believe it would make a wonderful addition to a tea party when looking to drink a fine black tea plain without milk or sweetener.
This tea is also referred to as Golden Needle.
Origin: Lincang, Yunnan, China
Flavour profile: Rich | Cacao | Malt
Processing highlights: Great skill is required in handling and processing the leaves to ensure the buds remain intact and they contain the requisite number of leaves within the bud. The craftsmanship of the tea master is also shown during the processing of this black tea, as oxidation needs to be evenly distributed through all of the leaves enclosed within the bud to ensure consistency in flavour.
Harvest: Spring 01.04.2018
Cultivar: Large Leaf Species
Tea Master: Geng Yongxing
The Bai Ying mountain range in the Lin Cang area of Yunnan province is renowned for its diversity of wild and cultivated tea plants.
The Lancang (Mekong) river runs through the Bai Ying mountain range in a deep canyon. This supports a favourable terroir for tea cultivation with a good proportion of sun and cloud cover, fertile soil, heavy rainfall and a humid climate.
Elevation: above 1,000m
Dian Hong Jin Ya is wonderfully smooth with perfectly balanced cacao and malt sweetness matched by a floral bouquet. Notes of fruit, wood and spice prevail and the liquor leaves a velvety finish on the palate.
Dian Hong Jin Ya pairs well with white meats, lamb and beef. It also works well with bread, pastries, cheese, milk chocolate and lightly salted foods.
Try this with a slice of light rye sourdough and cultured butter or a crumbly tahini shortbread.
Leaf appearance: Long buds shaped into slender needles covered with a coat of golden feathery down.
Aroma: A rich bouquet of floral and fruit notes followed by a wonderfully enticing aroma of malt.
Liquor colour: Brilliant orange-red colour with a lustrous golden rim.