This tea is certified organic and produced to fair labor standards.
GAO WEN is our flagship black tea from central Yunnan province, China. A dianhong ("Yunnan red") from da ye ("big leaf") cultivar bushes, this tea undergoes a unique processing step atypical of most dianhong production: several rounds of high-heat machine roasting. Through on-site collaboration with the tea makers of Ma Wei Shan, we developed this process to smooth out the bright fruit notes of dianhong in favor of the malty and complex floral qualities old tree Yunnan black tea is lauded for.
notes — milk chocolate | malt | bold
nomenclature — gao (高)—"high" | wen (温)—"heat"
style — dianhong ("Yunnan red")
cultivar — da ye ("big leaf")
region — Yunnan province, China
locale — Ma Wei Shan farm ("horse tail mountain")
producer — Yuanzhen Li
vintage — summer 2019
(use freshly boiled spring water)
[300 ml+ vessel — BOLI, large teapot]
3 grams — 205°F (96°C) — 5 minutes
[150 ml- vessel — gaiwan, small teapot]
6 grams — 205°F (96°C) — 15 seconds
+10 seconds each additional steep