Hong Songzhen (Pine Needle) Organic Black Tea

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Organic Hong Songzhen (Pine Needle) Black Tea

  • One bud with one leaf
  • Less than 40% of a cup of coffee
  • Soft and smooth with pure sweet taste, a comfortable mouth feel and nice aftertaste
  • Flower and fruity fragrance
  • Tuanjie Dazhai Tea Base (about 1800 meters altitude)
  • 36 months

Hong Songzhen, a kind of Yunnan black tea (Dian Hong for short), is made from one bud with one leaf of the Yunnan large-leaf “Dayezhong” spring tea. The reason why we don’t use black tea is that black tea belongs to fermented tea, the tea may easily get over fermented, so that may affects its good quality. This is a Dian Hong tea, but it is slightly different from the Fengqing Dian Hong variety. For instance, the tea buds should be very tender, well-stretched, and are good at aroma fusion. After brewing, the tea liquid is particularly clear with a naturally sweet taste, while the Dian Hong full-leaf has a sweeter, more caramel-like taste. The most prominent part of this tea is its pure, clean taste, like sweet spring water from the mountains. This is a fairly light black tea, suitable for both beginners who want an easy introduction to Dian Hong as well as veteran tea-drinkers to enjoy a softer variety.

Recommend Brewing Method

Cup Method

Teacup: 12oz / 355ml
194℉ / 90℃
4g Tea
Brewing time: 3 – 5 mins
Chinese Gongfu Method
Gaiwan: 3.8oz / 110ml
194℉ / 90℃
5g Tea
7 steeps: rinse, 5s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 40s, 60s
Rinse time is around 5 seconds



Tea Garden

The tea leaves of this Songzhen black tea come from the Tuanjie Dazhai tea garden at an elevation of about 1800 meters , in Cangyuan County. Around this garden are rolling mountains always enveloped in clouds and mist, with the perfect illumination, temperature, and rainfall for tea growth. Meanwhile, the abundant rainfall gives this tea its rich color and luster, and superior taste.

Tea Farmer

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 black and ripened pu-erh tea for thirty years.It has become very familiar to him, and he does it in his own special style, widely sought after by tea lovers.
She thinks it is good, deep in her mind, and wants to share it with more and more people.With more scenting steps, the process becomes more and more complex, and so too increases the risk of ruining the tea.

Ms. TanMs. TanOrigin
Cangyuan County lies in the southwestern part of Lincang City. It is not a large area, but many people of the Wa ethnicity live here, as one of the earliest people to engage in tea cultivation. The buds picked in spring will be immediately processed and then stored in the freezer until the jasmine starts to bloom in the summer; because the blooming and time of strongest aroma of the jasmine occurs during the night, it is important that the scenting is done overnight. According to national records, the best-preserved community of ancient trees in Cangyuan is over 50 acres in size, and contains more than 200 trees all around 400 years old.

Tea Bush

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. It is a kind which is best to make puerh tea. It has characteristically strong rooting ability, thrives when transplanted, easily resists cold and disease, and is fast-growing with quick germination and high yield. The tea leaves from this kind of tea varieties growing in this perfect environment are abundant in polyphenols, catechins, amino acids, caffeine content.

Today Dian Hong is one of the most respected and widely-known types of Chinese Songzhen black tea. Held in extremely high regard in China, it is often presented by the government as gifts to visiting dignitaries.

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Sample 14g (7g *2), 100g (3.5oz), 200g (7oz), 500g (17.5oz)

1 review for Hong Songzhen (Pine Needle) Organic Black Tea

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Delicious sampling of teas. They not only taste amazing, but they look and smell heavenly too.

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