Our flagship black tea from Ma Wei Shan farm in Yunnan, Gao Wen ("High Temperature") is unequivocally smooth with an aroma of melted chocolate and malt. Its namesake is the product of a co-produced, high-heat baking process that imparts a strong layer of cocoa and cinnamon bark with a subtle undertone of peat.
Shaped in the classic Chinese "snail roll", the tea is remarkably intact and produces a rich, unctuous liquor. Because of the shaping and complexity of the baking process, Gao Wen holds up well to multiple steeps, revealing more of its character and the distinct flavor genre of Yunnan with each round of hot water.
Gao Wen black is among Yunnan's best—the terroir is rich with species diversity and thick, healthy topsoil, making for vigorous teas that produce bold and high-powered flavors.
notes | milk chocolate // cassia bark // peat
region | yunnan province
locale | ma mei shan farm
producer | yuanzhen li
cultivar | da ye
vintage | summer 2018
3 grams—205° F (77° C)—30 seconds
3.5 grams—205° F (77° C)—5 minutes