Meizhan Black



May 2023

Fengqing, Yunnan

Meizhan Black represents everything we appreciate about black teas from Yunnan. The varietal, Meizhan, originates in the Fujian province, and is well known for its sweetness and high fragrance. We see most of Meizhan coming out of Wuyishan, Fujian where it is made into exceptionally aromatic oolong.

In 1978, The Fengqing Institute of Tea brought Meizhan trees from Wuyishan into Yunnan for research. A small-scale experiment was carried out in the area of ​​Fengqing that investigated the effects that this terroir would have on Meizhan. After nearly 40 years of continuous trials and experimentation, they have made a black tea that maintains the characteristics of the Meizhan varietal, while also expressing the incredible terroir of Yunnan. 

We have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this new harvest of Meizhan and it’s exciting to finally get to prepare it and stare into the radiant, apricot-gold liquor it brews. We find the same romantic aromatics – cardamom, neroli, honey – that we love about this tea, but even more tightly woven together and integrated. The sweetness is also less heavy and glutinous, making this year’s harvest feel even more refined.

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Brewing guide

Tea 4 g
Temperature 95°C
Water 120 ml
Steep time 10 - 60 sec
No. of infusions 8



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