Dian Hong Jin Ya Golden Buds (滇红金芽) is a rare and extraordinary black tea from Mojiang Hani Autonomous County, Pu’er Prefecture, Yunnan Province. Dian Hong, literally Yunnan Red, refers to the origin and type of tea (red according to Chinese tea classification). Jin Ya (金芽), literally Golden Buds, refers to the appearance of this tea and the fact that it is made exclusively from the buds of the tea plant. This unique golden tea is truly one of the best black teas from Yunnan! Spring 2019 harvest, so this particular lot has been rested for just over a year. The resting of this tea further developed the complexity of flavours.
Mojiang Hani Autonomous County is located in Pu’er Prefecture of Yunnan Province. Mojiang Hani Autonomous County has a large population of Hani native people, who also inhabit areas in Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. While tea making traditions go back hundreds of years (it is estimated that tea cultivation started 2,000-2,200 years ago in this area and tea use predates that period), black tea production is a comparatively new phenomenon in Yunnan. The first commercial black teas were produced in Feng Qing County around 1938. These proved quite popular so the production of black tea quickly spread throughout this part of China. The rise in popularity was largely attributed to the balanced and smooth flavours of Yunnan Red – fully bodied sweet maltiness without any of the astringency of many other black teas.
Dian Hong Jin Ya Golden Buds is processed from hand plucked buds or tips of the Yunnan Da Ye Large Leaf (云南大叶) cultivar that is also used to make the numerous pu-erhs of the region. This is a type of tea that is often marketed as a ‘pure gold’ black tea – and you can see why from the appearance of the dry leaf. The small tippy leaves consist solely of buds and have a striking and attractive gold colour. Like other Dian Hong teas, this Dian Hong Jin Ya Golden Buds can benefit from short term storage and maturation to further develop the flavours. Or you can enjoy it straight away!
The dry leaves consist solely of buds and have a bright gold colour to them with a lovely malty and sweet aroma. When brewed, you can see the dry leaves turn into most attractive full buds. The bright amber liquor produces a light to medium strength liquor with an attractive fragrance. The smooth taste has a complex profile that is sweet and malty. The complex flavours have notes of cocoa, sour fruits and wheat biscuits with a clean and refreshing aftertaste.
Dian Hong Jin Ya Golden Buds black tea is best brewed at 90°C for 3-4 minutes according to your taste. It should be brewed multiple times to get the best out this rare tea!