Dark Rose Tea from yiqingyaun.com
Heart-shaped Compressed Individual Tea
Dark Tea w/ rose scenting-flavoring
distributed by Zen Cha
produced by yiqingyaun
Chinese Web site reads:
Dark tea is produced only in China, consumed chiefly by minority groups and is brownish-yellow or brownish-red in infusion. The sequence of manufacturing is fresh tea leaves
-fixing-rolling—piling—first drying—final drying(raw dark tea)—shaped by steam and pressure—finished tea, which is discussed.
Dark tea, one of China’oldest teas, originated in the 11th century and is produced only in China. Annual production is bout 40-60 thousand tons and is about 10% of internal production and 25-28% of internal sales, which is second in the country next to scented teas. Dark tea is an unfermented tea and is produced mainly in the southwestern and middle-southern districts of China. The degree of nonezymatic oxidation of polyphenols is greater in dark tea is the major product and accounts for over 90% of dark tea, but compressed brick tea than in any of the other teas. There are many varieties of dark teas, but compressed brick tea is the major product and accounts for over 90% of dark tea. Dark teas are consumed chiefly by people belonging to minority groups in China, such as Tibetans, Mongols, Yguis, etc. Only a small amount is exported to other countries.
Dark tea is brownish-yellow or brownish-red in infusion, Infused leaves are coarse and large and aroma is stale, piney, smoke-like, of microbial fermentation, with a mellow taste. It is processed into a variety of shapes, such as brick, pillow, cake, bowl, etc., each piece weighing from a few grams to several kilograms. Only a small amount is processed as loose tea leaves
Adopting mature tea leaves as raw materials,large quantity of tea stalk and coarse fibre containting, can help for improvability gastrointestinal function, and help for decreasing high blood sugar and cholesterin.