Nanling Tea Garden is located along the eastern bank of Lancang River, with an average altitude of about 1500 meters. The mild, humid climate and the mountainous geography lead this garden to be shrouded in clouds and mist year-round, and under the nourishment of sufficient water, the leaves from the tea plants here can be kept tender and fresh for a long time. Meanwhile, the abundant rainfall gives this tea its rich color and luster, and superior taste.
Along with the superior natural geography, the managers of this tea garden apply the concepts of modern scientific management – as in, they control the distances between the growing trees, they weed the garden at regular intervals, and they prevent and cure pest infestations by using physical insecticidal methods and lure boards.
The head of this tea garden told us that they have been planting tea here for thirty years, and the trees are now in their stable growth period. This garden also provides a haven for some types of birds, which in turn further lower the threat of pests. Because of all of these traits, this garden is certified by the organic designations of the EOS, NOP, JAS, and China, and can provide high-quality and organic tea.
Do you know anyone who has stuck to doing only one thing, all out of love? Ms. Tan, the producer of this Songzhen black tea, has dedicated herself to making Jasmine tea for thirty years.
When we asked why she focuses on Jasmine black tea, she told us that these are her favorite types, and that the craft is a way of life. She thinks it is good, deep in her mind, and wants to share it with more and more people. Because she makes this tea by herself, it is the most authentic and genuine, and her method of tea production accentuates the natural merits of Jasmine tea
Mr. Chen has told us “Jasmine tea is one of the most complicated varieties in all of tea-making. With more scenting steps, the process becomes more and more complex, and so too increases the risk of ruining the tea. But on the contrary, it also results in a higher grade of jasmine tea if the scenting is successful.People here also grow walnuts, sugar canes, and other crops high on the mountains; the superior natural environment and climate provide abundant opportunity to grow high-quality crops.
Yunkang No. 10 is a cloned tea tree species, cultivated by the Tea Research Institute of Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences in 1954 from tea plant varieties from the Nannuo Mountain Natural Population. Today the extent of this type of tree is more than 1.3 million acres, making it the most abundant variety among Yunnan tea trees. It has characteristically strong rooting ability, thrives when transplanted, easily resists cold and disease, and is fast-growing with quick germination and high yield. This tea contains 36.06% tea polyphenols and 44.9% water extractives; it is suitable for making Jasmine black tea, and has been accredited as a “national improved” variety.
Produced in Guangxi, China, the jasmine used to scent this tea has earned primacy nationwide. The most outstanding area of production is Hengxian in Guangxi, known as “the city of Chinese jasmine” for its ability to produce both high-yield and high-quality flowers.
Though black teas have been produced in China for close to 2000 years, the history of this particular type of black tea, Dian Hong, only stretches back about 100 years. It was first crafted in the 1930s by a man named Feng Shaoqiu. The first batches of Dian Hong were instantly popular, and quickly exported through Hong Kong to England where it became sought after for its high price and favor with the Queen at the time, who preferred it (somewhat scandalously) over the then-in-favor Indian teas commonly drunk at the time.
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