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Sourced By Wang Yanxin

Wang Yanxin is a fierce advocate for small family farming, working with her farmer friends to develop entirely new kinds of tea and help them establish cooperatives

Tasting Profile

  • VERY FLORAL – night jasmine, vanilla
  • VERY SPICY – cinnamon
  • VERY FRUITY – mango
  • SAVORY – caramel
DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2018
Lincang RegionYunnan Province
ELEVATION1800 METERS
Yunnan Da BaiTea Varietal

This exquisite offering from Wang Yanxin combines the very best of two of our favorite teas- Yunnan White Jasmine and Golden Fleece. Huge buds are picked from Yunnan Da Bai, a varietal normally used for white tea. These buds are allowed to fully oxidize into black tea, but during oxidation and drying, wild jasmine blossom are scattered among the buds, allowing the natural aroma of the jasmine to absorb over several days into the tea itself. The jasmine flowers have to be changed and renewed six times over six days to get a full aromatic infusion that lasts over many steepings. The old craft of true jasmine scenting is a slow laborious process, but the results are worth it. This tea is as rich and sweet as Golden Fleece and as luscious as Jasmine.

This new category-challenging tea is made from Yunnan Da Bai, a traditional varietal used primarily for white tea. The buds are picked in very early spring when they are tender and downy, and then allowed to fully oxidize into black tea in the sun. This black tea is spread out with wild picked yunnan jasmine flowers and allowed to absorb the rich floral aroma of the jasmine. These jasmine flowers are picked out and replaced with fresh flowers five to seven times to ensure full infusion. This labor-intensive process is almost a lost art in China with most jasmine being scented by oils which burn off after a single infusion and don’t hold a true jasmine flavor the way real blossoms do. The sweet flavor of the black tea is a surprising but perfect pairing with the rich jasmine aroma.

Steeping Instructions

Western

5 g.6-8
oz.
use 205° watersteep 25 secondsresteep many times
add 10 sec. each infusion

Gongfu

6 g.6  oz.use 205° watersteep 6 seconds
add 3 sec. per steeping
enjoy many steepings

Iced/Cold

4 g.12
 oz.
use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
(8 to 12 hours)
add ice & enjoy