Old Tree Yunnan Red 2015 野生古樹紅茶

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Almond, Apple, Brown Sugar, Cloves, Dark Chocolate, Floral, Fur, Lychee, Mineral, Oak, Peppercorn, Red Wine, Spices
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Loose Leaf
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Edit tea info Last updated by Ben Marcus-Willers (馬維彬)
Average preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 6 oz / 175 ml

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  • “For a key to my rating scale, check out my bio. A delicious, archetypal Yunnanese black tea. The essence of autumn (in terms of flavor; this is a spring picked tea). Really nice spice and fruit...” Read full tasting note
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Our Old Tree Yunnan Red was grown in Fengqing County, Lincang Prefecture, Yunnan. This region of Southern China boasts the country’s oldest tea trees – some hundreds of years old with deep root structures that allow a higher absorption of nutrients and minerals. Because of their age, the trees that produced this tea have adapted to the local ecological environment. As a result, they are resistant to most pests and diseases and require neither watering nor fertilizing.

This tea is a labor of love from a producer with a passion for crafting heritage teas that are remarkably delicious. The leaves that went into this tea were picked in April 2015, then shade-withered to bring out clarity and sweetness. With a deft nurturing hand, the leaves were bruised, oxidized, and pan-roasted in small batches. The resultant maocha, or unfinished tea, was wrapped in canvas and roasted over charcoal. The finished tea was then sorted by hand, selecting only the most evenly sized leaves.

The resultant tea leaves are a uniform 2cm with a beautiful satiny sheen. The brewed tea is smooth, sweet, and fragrant with a vermillion liquor. Old Tree Yunnan Red’s flavor profile is a wonderful amalgamation of lychee, red plum and sweet vermouth. The result is balanced with the round sweetness of an aged bourbon.

5 grams 208 ml 150° F 1 min

We prefer quick infusions to extract this tea’s fruit notes and sweetness – and repeating the short brew time for subsequent infusions.

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1 Tasting Note

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For a key to my rating scale, check out my bio.

A delicious, archetypal Yunnanese black tea. The essence of autumn (in terms of flavor; this is a spring picked tea). Really nice spice and fruit notes, like homemade apple cider. Dark chocolate notes in later infusions. Really interesting sweet almond note comes in around the third infusion. Winey / fermented fruit and horsehair notes at the beginning – classic Yunnan. Slight mineral / baking soda flavor, not the most pleasant but is offset by all the other wonderful characteristics of the tea – great mouthfeel, delicious fragrance and flavor. Would definitely buy again.

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Brown Sugar, Cloves, Dark Chocolate, Floral, Fur, Lychee, Mineral, Oak wood, Peppercorn, Red Wine, Spices

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 175 ML

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