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No. 242 - Yunnan Rose Dragon Ball Black Tea

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The materials of Rose Dragon Ball Black tea are from Yunnan arbor old tea trees combining with Phnom Penh Rose, expertly rolled into a large pearl-like shape. Phnom Penh Rose is a specialty among the categories of Yunnan's edible foods. Compared with other roses, the Phnom Penh Rose has a smaller appearance with light taste, but it presents a more delicate sweet taste and fragrance. Because of this reason, it’s capable of covering the strong taste and sometimes even some extent of bitterness from the old tea trees.

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Characteristics

Phnom Penh Rose, named because every calyx has two thin yellow-white edges, is a special variety of Yunnan edible roses. It has a beautiful shape in dark red color with tightly packed petals, but usually with a deeper color than other varieties. The fragrance of Yunnan Phnom Penh Rose is very elegant and fresh, whereas the French rose has a very strong aroma.

It has grown wildly in places where pure water flowing, like mountain streams. With the development of society in recent year, the health value of Phnom Penh Rose is gradually being known to more people. Therefore, a part of them start to grow limited Phnom Penh Rose plants by artificial cultivation. To make full use of Phnom Penh Rose, local people in Yunnan commonly used them as herbal tea, jam and pies. Except for its amazing taste, it also has outstanding health benefits that help promote the blood circulation, regulate endocrine disorders and improve high blood pressure. Being compared with those common roses, the trace elements in Phnom Penh Rose are more than ten times higher than them. Thus, it holds the reputation as “Best Rose” and well-deserved to recognize as a “Rose King”.


Origin

Simao-Dian Hong: Pu’er City, formerly called Simao, is a prefecture-level city in southern Yunnan province. Elevations range from 317 to 3370 meters with wide-ranging of ancient tea trees. Pu'er city was identified as the hometown of Pu-erh teas, is well-known as the “birthplace of Tea” and the heartland of the origin place of tea trees in the world. Being one of the original places where Pu-erh tea was produced, Pu’er city obtains rich resources of tea varieties. Generally, it can be divided in to three types:

* Original Wild Ancient Tea Trees and Wild Tea Populations
* Transitive Type Ancient Tea Trees
* Cultivation Type Ancient Tea Trees

These tea trees grow in high altitudes covered by large area of primeval forests, and all the natural ecosystems have been well-protected which makes it becomes a very ideal place for an optimal cultivation and natural drainage. According to the 2007 satellite positioning survey results, the old tea tree resources include ancient tea garden and ancient tea tree populations are more than 100 mu in Pu-erh City.

Kunming- Phnom Penh Rose: Kunming is the capital city in Yunnan province, which is also called the “Spring City” due to its weather. It has one of the mildest climates in China, and the average temperature here is about 15℃. With its perpetual spring-like weather which provides the ideal climate for plants and flowers, Kunming is known as the "Flower City ", because it covered with blossoms and lush vegetation all-year round.

Map of Yunnan province


Tea Farmer

With more than 30 years of processing tea, Mr. Yang, as well as other tea farmers in Huidui village, are living by selling teas, which is the only thing they count on to support their lives.

When we talked with Mr. Yang about why he had the idea to make flower dragon ball tea, Mr. Yang said: “Our former tea maters have already created a very special blend of Pu-erh Mini Tuo Cha with Rose and Chrysanthemums. That’s why the idea of making dragon ball black tea with flower flooded into my mind.” After that, Mr. Yang started his experiments to make dragon ball black tea with flower. With multiple experiments, he found Dian Hong Black tea is not proper to roll into a small shape as Mini Tuo Cha, but perfect for making into bigger dragon balls by the processing method of rolling. By using this method, it presented the best shape and appearance of the Black Tea that could be.

After succeeded in producing dragon ball black tea with fresh flowers, Mr. Yang began to challenge himself by making other types of dragon ball teas. So far, lots of new type flower dragon ball black teas have been successfully made, which includes: Rose, Chamomile, Jasmine and Forget-me-not dragon ball black tea. Moreover, Mr. Yang made another attempt to dragon balls with pure tea material, they are: Ancient Dragon Ball Pu-erh Tea and Moonlight Beauty Dragon Ball White Tea.


Tea garden

The fresh tea leaves for producing Rose Dragon Pearl Black tea come from Jiu Tai Po tea garden, which is located in pu’er city with the highest elevation reaches at 2016 meters. This tea garden is shrouded by a variety of ecological tea plantations, such as Taidi cha (plantation tea) growing area, old tea tree and ancient tea tree growing areas. Among them, the old tea tree and ancient tea tree growing area are located on a relatively higher elevation in Jiu Tai Po tea garden, covered with original forests.

The position where the tea garden located is in a high altitude that makes no cars could pass but to climb the mountain on foot. Tea from old and ancient tea trees growing in a natural environment without human intervention. Therefore, the poultry manure is considered to be one of the best plant fertilizers out there.

In recent years, Jiu Tai Po tea garden has begun to grow Taidi cha. Basically, all of these Taidi tea plants come from Jinggu Dabai Cha. There, leaves from Daiba Cha are more expensive than old tea trees, so you don't need to worry about buying a half-fake tea that mixed with Taidi cha and old tea trees.


Tea Bush

Our Rose Dragon Ball Black Tea is made from Yunnan large-leaf species old tea trees. Old tea trees, which refers to the age of trees range between 50-300 years old. While, tea trees over 300 years old are considered as ancient tea trees.

Old tea trees have long roots that go deep into the ground, and mostly they’re grown in favorable mountain ecosystem conditions. Therefore, it can reduce the damage caused by diseases and insects. Teas grown in this area are more likely to be regarded as natural teas, because there’s no pruning or any manual managements involved in. That’s why it has a lower output than Taidi Cha.

The nitrogen contains in old tea trees has exuberant metabolism, which can produce a large amount of amino acids, protein and tea polyhenols through a series of chemical reactions. Compared with old tea trees, although tea from younger tea tree still tastes rather mellow and fresh, it’s a little weak in sweet aftertaste.

Additional Information

Ingredients Rose buds and black tea
Product of: China
Region(s) Yunnan Province
Antioxidants Low
Caffeine High
Makes Great Iced Tea No
Milk No
Sugar No
Lemon No
Mint No
Organic No
Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Amount) 3.72 fl oz / 110 ml
Chinese Gongfu Method (Water Temp) 194 F / 90 C
Chinese Gongfu Method (Amount) 1 Piece
Chinese Gongfu Method (Time) 25s, 20s, 10s, 15s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 80s
Western Method (Water Amount) 12 fl oz / 355 ml
Western Method (Water Temp) 194 F / 90 C
Western Method (Amount) 1 Piece
Western Method (Time) 3-5 Mins (to taste)
Steeping Notes No