This is one of the very popular Yunnan black tea in our line-ups. It gives a thick and smooth taste, with no bitterness or astringency. Tea gives layers of caramel and cocoa notes, with a hint of baked sweet potato aroma on the finish with a hint of sugar malt aroma.
Purple Tea variety gives very special flavor
The high mountain purple tea is particularly famous in Lincang. Normally, the purple tea trees are found at the tea garden located at high altitude. We specifically collect the fresh tealeaf from village located above 2000m. The purple tea is of a specific variety. In Yunnan, it is called Zi Cha, and in English, it means Purple Tea. This variety is different from the Zi Juan cultivar which is famous in South Yunnan. Zi Juan cultivar gives astringent taste while the purple tea in Lincang gives very soft mouth-feel and easy drinking. In Lincang, the name of purple tea comes from the appearance that the stem of the purple tea is partially purple. Interestingly it runs navy color when it is processed into raw pu-erh tea. When I was processing raw pu-erh tea in the village, I have ever pan-fried purple tea by myself. The purple tea was much more elastic and viscous than ordinary tea. I notice that the purple tea variety gives very distinctive flavor no matter what tea it is processed. In particular, it gives outstanding flavor when it is processed into black tea. In addition, purple tea usually gives full-bodied characteristic with rich flavor and bold taste.
Tea tree of purple tea
The tea leaf of purple tea: The leaves in the photo is meant for pu-erh tea. For black tea, normally one bud and two to three leaves are plucked.
We only used naturally farmed tea
We stayed in Yunnan for about two months so that we had sufficient time to particularly identified the naturally-grown tea trees. Nowadays, as the demand of purple tea has increased, a number of purple teas was newly planted. However, the growing speed of young trees is very fast as compared to the older tree that grows very slowly. Moreover, in natural-farming tea garden, since no fertilizer is given, the growing speed of tea is much slower than ordinary tea garden. This is clearly reflected by the clean drinking sensation of this tea. Besides, the taste of tea from young tree is much lighter. So, we have particularly collected tea from old trees as it gives much deeper aftertaste.
The scenery of the environment where I am sourcing the raw material of purple tea.
The flavor become stronger after maturing
Many people are aware that pu-erh tea is suitable for aging to obtain a thicker drinking sensation. Nevertheless, less people know that black tea is suitable for further aging too. Normally, when tea is freshly made, it has a hint of refreshing green note, and after keeping it for a few months, the flavor and taste becomes stronger. If you wish to enjoy a more matured fruity note, please keep the bag of tea unopened in a warm environment. Usually, in Malaysia weather, the tea will be well-matured after half a year.