Da Ye Hong Cha 2022

A unique black tea from a small-scale producer, the sinuous, twisted leaves have been harvested from semi-wild, forty-year-old tea bushes in the middle of a forest. While recognisable as a Chinese black tea by its characteristic maltiness, this Da Ye Hong Cha recalls its sylvan origins with herbal notes of mint and hay, contributing to a balanced flavor reminiscent of browning sugar or crème caramel during lighter infusions.

The tea bushes interspersed with fully wild vegetation.

For the experimentalists: try placing a single leaf or two in a cup and steeping for ten minutes—the sweeter, buttery flavor will come to the fore; leaving it until cool makes for an excellent summertime quaff.

  • ORIGIN:  Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
  • MEANING:  Big leaf red tea (dà yè hóng chá)
  • CULTIVAR:  Da Ye Zhong
  • HARVEST TIME:  Spring 2022
  • TASTE:  Malt, caramel, fresh herbs
$30.50 $30.50


  • Quantity: 6g / 500ml
  • Water temperature: 90°C
  • Infusion time: 3–4 min
  • Quantity: 3g / 100ml
  • Water temperature: 90°C
  • 5 infusions: 45, 45, 60, 60, 90 sec

For best results in gongfu cha, brew in the traditional gaiwan or in a Yixing teapot. Too high water temperature would burn the leaves, resulting in bitter taste.