Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
Introducing our Yunnan Tea, a beverage lovingly created in the Yunnan Province of Southwest China. But what makes it so special? Tea has been grown in this region for more than 1,700 years. It’s perhaps best known for the production of Green Tea, but in recent times the province has been exploring Black Tea production as well. Our Yunnan Tea is one such example.
This scrumptious flowery orange pekoe is known for its dark medium-long leaves with bronze coloured tips. It boasts a magnificent woody-earthy-spicy fusion of flavours perfectly suited to varying palates. Furthermore, there are also health benefits to be had from consuming Yunnan Tea. If you are looking to lose weight then you’ve picked the right brew! Or perhaps you are looking to improve your cardiovascular health, or even reduce the risks of Type II Diabetes? If this is the case, then its a great, if not excellent choice of beverage. Try it today and see what it can do for your health, as well as your taste buds.
Welcome to the Yunnan Province. Feel free to explore the vast wilderness surrounding Tiger Leaping Gorge; walk the ancient streets of Lijiang’s Old Town; and of course taste the wonderful, flavoursome, uplifting tea from one of China’s most renowned provinces. Yunnan borders upon Sichuan, Guizhou, Guangxi and Tibet, and neighbours Burma, Laos, and Vietnam. It has very similar climatic and geographical conditions as Assam in northeast India which, in turn, makes for great tea-growing. One of the most famous teas to originate from the region is Pu’erh Tea, while other Yunnan Black Teas, such as this one, are gradually gaining popularity.
Yunnan Black Tea production, compared with Yunnan Green Tea production, has a very short history. The area was scouted during the 1930’s in the wake of the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) as many tea-growing provinces to the southeast had become war zones. China needed to maintain its Black Tea production, and Yunnan was the answer. This was first endeavoured by Feng Shaoqiu of the China Tea Corporation, who travelled to southern Yunnan to investigate its economic potential.
Feng and his colleague, Zheng Hechun, arrived in the city of Kunming in mid-October 1938. They then took a three-day steam train to Xiaguan and from there walked almost fifteen days across treacherous mountain ranges and sections of the Mekong River. By November, they had arrived in Shunning (present-day Fengqing), where they collected various samples of Black and Green Tea from the area. The following month the Yunnan Tea Trading Corporation had been officially founded, and from 1939 to 1941, the Shunning Experimental Tea Factory produced 110 tonnes of gongfu Black Tea.
Over the next few months and years, reports were flooding in that the large leaf tea varieties from the region were comparable in quality to the leaves used in Darjeeling Tea and Anhui-produced Keemun Tea. Production expanded soon after. From 1952 to 2009, export figures show that Yunnan Black Tea production grew steadily (but very consistently) from 430 tonnes in 1952 to 2,435 tonnes in 1963, 4,865 tonnes in 1974, 5,775 tonnes in 1985, and 6,000 tonnes in 2009. Today, the Yunnan Province is one of the most famous black tea-growing areas in the world. Our Yunnan Tea stands testament to its success, but more importantly, tastes great, too.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Black Tea.
Origin: The Yunnan Province, Southwest China.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: Either lemon or honey taste great with this tea. However, we recommend it best served as it is.
Tasting Notes: Yunnan Tea has a distinct woody aroma with smoky undertones. These qualities transcend in taste, offering smooth malty flavours, in addition, coupled with subtle chocolatey notes.
Colour in Cup: Coppery liquor with orange highlights, dark in tone.
Health Benefits: If you, like many, are trying to lose weight, then Yunnan Loose Tea is a great place to start. All Black Teas; including, of course, our Yunnan Tea; have metabolism boosting abilities. A metabolism refers to the chemical reactions that take place in your body’s cells. Broadly speaking, it essentially converts the fuel in your food into energy, which is then used to power near enough everything we do.
A boosted metabolism can help your body to burn fat quicker, and far more efficiently. Yunnan Tea does just that. Furthermore, relaxing with your favourite brew on the sofa is, potentially, enough to help you lose weight. Don’t believe us? There is actually science to it! Chronic stress (i.e not stopping to relax with a nice, hot cup of tea) disrupts our sleep and our blood sugar levels.
This leads to increased hunger and comfort eating. Eventually, this can lead to even higher levels of stress and even more disrupted blood sugars. Not only might this cause unhealthy levels of body fat, but also an increased risk of Type II Diabetes! The solution to this is simple: stop, then brew up a cup of Yunnan Tea; relax on the sofa, and sip this bold, flavoursome, invigorating beverage. We guarantee you won’t be stressed after that!
Health PointsDigestive, Hydration, Immune System, Refreshing, Relaxing
Time of DayBreakfast, Lunchtime, Afternoon, Evening