Light Roast Wild Tree Purple Varietal Black Tea of Dehong

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Calculated from 4 Ratings
Tea type
Black Tea
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Blueberry, Eucalyptus, Floral, Grapes, Herbaceous, Mineral, Pleasantly Sour, Sage, Tangy, Vegetal, Wood, Coffee, Marzipan, Pine, Spices, Sweet, Whiskey
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Use 4 oz / 120 ml of water
Set water temperature to 195 °F / 90 °C
Use 6 g of tea
Steep for 1 min, 0 sec
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“I could have sworn I wrote a review for this tea about a year ago, but either I’m wrong or I miscategorized it. I’m working through the last of a 50 g pouch I bought in the spring of 2015. This is...” Read full tasting note
“A very nice midpoint between Ye Sheng black teas and Wu Yi oolongs. The dry leaf smells of almond/marzipan, while in the wet leaf I can smell more of sauna, pine and light roast coffee. It is also...” Read full tasting note
“One from Nicole that i’ve had a couple times now. I enjoyed having it, but it’s a little too close to an oolong/darjeeling taste for me to really get behind it. The few cups i had were a pleasant...” Read full tasting note
“I’m having the 2016 spring version of the tea. I’ve had it a few times now. I prefer the light roast over the plain version. It’s definitely a bit different to me, but is pretty tasty. It has...” Read full tasting note


This is a lightly processed black tea that was hand-crafted using a wild tree purple leaf varietal from Dehong prefecture. Ye Sheng "野生“ varietal aka “Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze var. assamica (J. Masters) Kitam.” is a primeval varietal that pre-dates Camellia Sinensis var. Assamica and is a naturally occuring non hybridized varietal. It’s potency in cha qi arises from it’s unadulterated nature. It is naturally bug repellent, grows wild in the forests of Yunnan at an altitude of 1600-2200 meters.

The aroma of tea is very strong and hints of eucalyptus and sugarcane. The bottom of the cup after drinking hints of dry red wine! The mouth feel is incredibly complex and stimulating with some slight bitterness and astringeny. Ultra smooth tea that after a few months will develop even more complexity. Very noticeable cha qi that heats up the body and hot day might cause the drinker to sweat a bit!

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