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2024 Zhu Rong

2024 Zhu Rong

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Classic Yunnan Golden Buds Black
Twenty years of relationship-building gives Wang Yanxin access to rich, full-bodied black teas in Yunnan. This classic favorite has notes of whole wheat, cinnamon, molasses, and peaches + cream.
Spring 2024 ♦ Yunnan Province
Classic Yunnan Golden Buds Black
Twenty years of relationship-building gives Wang Yanxin access to rich, full-bodied black teas in Yunnan. This classic favorite has notes of whole wheat, cinnamon, molasses, and peaches + cream.
Spring 2024 ♦ Yunnan Province
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Sourced By Wang Yanxin

Small farmers and micro-workshops across Yunnan are often denied the chance to show off their incredible work, overshadowed by big labels. Wang Yanxin believes in small producers, helping them reach a wide audience without big brand labels.
 
The result is pristine, hand-finished tea, aged offerings and regional collaborations that inspire new styles. Wang Yanxin has devoted her career and formidable palate to these collaborations, searching far and wide for the very best.
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2024
    • Lincang RegionYunnan Province
    • ELEVATION2000
    • Fengqing Da YeTea Varietal

    Lady Zhu Rong was a legendary dagger-wielding warrior-queen of Yunnan descended from a god of fire. The toasty-savory spice and sweet, creamy boxy of this Yunnan black tea evoke the kingdom of Dian, an independent state before it was conquered by China and renamed Yunnan. Dian Hong is a relatively new kind of tea introduced in the 80's that has recently taken China by storm for its full body and depth of flavor that comes from its signature downy buds. While budset black teas from Fujian tend to be very crisp, Yunnan golden bud harvests like this Zhu Rong are much bigger and creamier.

  • true
    40
    vanilla
    true
    80
    mollasses, whole wheat
    true
    70
    cinnamon
    true
    40
    peaches and cream
    true
    soft, smooth

    Tasting Profile

    • floral - vanilla
    • savory - mollasses, whole wheat
    • spice - cinnamon
    • fruit - peaches and cream
    • texture - soft, smooth


Wang Yanxin also recommends:

  • 'Pay more attention to a tea’s specific effect on your body than to the stated caffeine content. A tea might be very high in caffeine, but also high in EGCG and L-theanine, which in the end may contribute to a more calming effect than a stimulant effect. Predicting the exact effect a tea is going to have becomes more complex task than measuring caffeine.'

  • 4
    6-8
    205
    30 seconds
    10
    4
    6
    205
    8 seconds
    5
    4
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    4 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 205° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times
    add 10 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    4 g.6 ozuse 205° watersteep 8 seconds
    add 5 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    4 g.12
    oz.
    use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy

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