Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
Bamboo Temple Yunnan Tea comes from the southern Chinese province of Yunnan. It has the prestige of being a high-grown Black Loose Leaf Tea, handcrafted by its producers into small batches. It got its name from a famous Shizhusi (stone bamboo) temple found on the Shizhu mountain in Fujian province, China.
Legend has it that those who stay in the temple's Jinxian ("Nine Immortals") Tower have wonderful dreams and awake with their wishes fulfilled. Does the same apply to Bamboo Temple Yunnan Tea? Find out today with The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company.
What is Yunnan Tea?
The Yunnan province has long produced both Black and Green Tea. It borders the Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Guizhou, Guangxi and, debatably, Tibet. It also neighbours Burma, Laos and Vietnam. Its geographic location, as well as its climatic conditions, contribute significantly to the exceptional tastes of Bamboo Temple Yunnan Tea, as well as all Yunnan Black Teas.
The history of Yunnan Black Tea began with a journey - literally. During the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945), Yunnan became a possible location for Black Tea production. This was because many Tea-growing provinces in the southeast had become war zones. China needed to maintain its Black Tea market, and Yunnan was the answer.
Feng Shao Qi, of the China Tea Corporation, embarked on a journey to Yunnan to investigate its economic potential. He travelled with his colleague, Zheng Hechu. They arrived in the city of Kunming in October 1938. They then took a three-day steam train to Xiaguan. From there, they walked almost fifteen days across treacherous mountain ranges and sections of the Mekong river.
By November, the two arrived in Shunning (present-day Fengqing). They collected samples and, astoundingly, made their way back! The following month, the Yunnan Tea Trading Corporation opened its doors. From 1939 to 1941, the Shunning Experimental Tea Factory produced 110 tonnes of gongfu Yunnan Black Tea. This, eventually, gave rise to other divine beverages such as our very own Bamboo Temple Yunnan Tea.
Type of Tea: Black Tea.
Origin: Yunnan, China.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water. Infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: Some add milk; some add sugar; some add honey or lemon. Most, however, choose to enjoy this Tea served black!
Tasting Notes: This is a strong, flavoursome Tea often noted for its buttery undertones.
Colour in Cup: Coppery liquor, light in tone.
Yunnan Tea Benefits
Health Benefits: Looking to lose a few extra pounds? Bamboo Temple Yunnan Tea could help you along the way! Like all Black Teas, it can boost the metabolism. This, in turn, enables the body to burn fat quicker and more efficiently. Periods of exercise will inevitably produce better results because of this. Ultimately, one loses weight thanks to their favourite brew!