Yunnan Jumbo Golden Buds

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Black Tea

Yunnan Jumbo Golden Buds
– new lot – now from autumn 2018

 

Manufacture: traditional hong cha manufacture
Oxidation: fully-oxidized

 

Appearance: bud, buds, buds only, 100% tip. Golden color, fuzzy soft buds.
Flavor: soft, smooth and creamy – very distinctive Yunnan flavor
Aroma: Soft, burnt sugar aroma
Liquor: clear, amber colored liquor

 

Simao Tea Harvesting Area
Puerh (Simao) Prefecture
Yunnan Province, China

2018 Autumnal Pluck
(Sept to early-Oct)

Use 1.5 Tablespoons (2-3 grams) per 6 oz water
Steep 1 infusion at 3 – 5 minutes
Water temperature should be 190°F-200°F

Yunnan Jumbo Golden Tips is also delicious cold, and can be re-steeped numerous times, which is great for yielding the quantity that is needed for iced tea. It will also tolerate a long steep if you choose to do that and then dilute it for drinking hot or cold.

It is a bulky tea, so be sure to use enough – and re-steep!

Is Yunnan black tea dian hong or hong cha?

Terminology for Chinese teas can be confusing. For example, in China hong cha is the term for ‘red’ tea –  what we in the West call black tea. It can be used to describe any tea from any of the black tea producing regions of China. For example: one might refer to a Fujian Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong as a northern Fujian hong cha or a Keemun black tea from Anhui Province as an Anhui hong cha.

Conversely, hong cha teas of Yunnan Province are called dian hong instead. Dian is an old historical name for parts of today’s Yunnan Province, so dian hong is still how Yunnan black tea are referred to. Some say that dian hong should just refer to the modern-style plantation style teas and not the forest teas made from indigenous varieties of old tea bush varietals.

We, on the other hand, generally use the term dian hong to mean the opposite. Yunnan has such a long history of producing both Pu-erh and dian hong that we think dian hong should be reserved for tea in the historical since –  the traditional, small village teas made from forest gathered leaf materials.

On rested and aged Yunnan Dian Hong:

New harvest seasonal Yunnan black teas are delicious – but rested or aged versions of these teas can be twice as rewarding! Tea Trekker’s Yunnan black teas are plucked in various types of tea gardens – older plantation gardens and forested arbor bushes and trees (wild to semi-wild plants). Not all black tea ages well, but we find that hand-crafted teas from both Yunnan Province and regions of Eastern China keep and age wonderfully.

The bushes and trees that are plucked to make out Yunnan teas represent different generations of plants and are comprised of many unique cultivars found growing throughout the heavily forested mountain tea growing regions of Yunnan. These varietals and cultivars are broad-leafed varieties – known collectively as dayeh – that produce large, long leaves that reflect the richness of their forested habitat and the plants close genetic connection to the wild tea trees of Assam India – Camelis assamica. This habitat and size is one of the reasons why Yunnan black teas are so rich and full in the mouth.

Tea such as this offers the luxury of time as they will store well and maintain and develop flavor complexity for several years.  We love Yunnan dian hong and prefer to drink them when they have mellowed a bit – one or two years after manufacture. In most cases, the teas can be kept for much longer.

The key to ageing these teas is proper storage (cool and reasonably airtight – a ceramic jar is ideal) which will serve to underscore and preserve the inherent concentration of flavor elements that premium Yunnan leaf has in abundance.

This unusual-looking, golden-colored tea is utterly captivating and delicious.

Jumbo Golden Buds is one of our extremely rich-tasting Yunnan dian hong selections – it has a wonderfully balanced structure that is creamy and smooth and sweet while being very mouth-filling and satisfying at the same time. It is comprised 100% of soft, sweet, tender tea buds.

The buds are graceful and sturdy – rightly inheriting their descriptor: jumbo. Big, plump and beautiful, these buds have the golden tan/yellow color that is the hallmark of Yunnan buds that are plucked from broad-leaf Yunnan arbor tea trees in remote, high mountain forested locales.

The particular lot that we are offering now, an autumnal pluck, is slightly more curled than some of the Jumbo Golden Buds that we have had in years past, and the taste is exquisite! This current style is actually very similar to the tea we tasted when we first fell in love with this tea more than 25 years ago.

Try this tea without milk and you may find that it is just perfect enjoyed that way. It is also delicious cold, and can be re-steeped numerous times, which is great for yielding the quantity that is needed for iced tea. Yunnan Jumbo Golden Buds will also tolerate a long steep if you choose to do that and then dilute it for drinking hot or cold.

This tea is grown and carefully crafted in the Simao Tea Harvesting area.

Yunnan has a long history of producing both Pu-erh and dian hong made from forest-gathered leaf materials. We love dian hong such as this tea – a traditional, small village made tea that is not like any other small village made tea due to the wonder of terroir.