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"Grandpa's Pipe" Gao Wen Dian Hong

"Grandpa's Pipe" Gao Wen Dian Hong

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Let this tea trigger nostalgia and take you back to a time when Grandpa would pack his pipe with a pinch of chocolate fragranced pipe tobacco.  Upon opening the tea caddy, the scent of fresh tobacco and malt fill the air, transporting our minds to a simpler time.    

The word Gao means "high" and the word Wen means "heat."  Dian means "Yunnan" and Hong means "red."  Therefore, this tea's proper title is High Heat Yunnan Red.  This Dian Hong tea undergoes several rounds of high heat roasting that bring out notes of fruit, malt, florals, chocolate, and that classic red tea sweetness.  Some consider this a breakfast tea, although we find it quite enjoyable after a full meal in the evening time.  

Tea Specifics

Elevation: 1200 Meters

Harvest: Summer 2021

Style: Dian Hong 

Cultivar: Da Ye ("Big Leaf")

Region: Simao (Pu'er), Yunnan, China

Locale: Ma Wei Shan Farm ("Horse Tail Mountain")

Producer: Yuanzhen Li

Gao (高) "High" | Wen (温) "Heat"

Red (black) tea contains 40-60mg of caffeine per 8 oz cup. As the tea ages, the caffeine levels decline over time because light and leaf oxidation reduce caffeine. Thus, an aged red tea that is decades old may not contain much caffeine at all. If you have the willpower to resist drinking this tea and to instead store and age the tea, the taste profile will only deepen.

Tasting Notes

Chocolate, Tobacco, Cherry, Rose, Malt, Roasty, Rich Flavor, Earthy Red Hue

Brewing Recommendations

Serving Size: 3-5g per 100ml of purified water.

Ideal Brewing Vessel: Porcelain tea pot or gaiwan; or clay teapot, especially a jianshui zitao (purple clay) teapot.

Gong Fu Style Steeping: Boil water to 212F/100C and then wait for the water to stop bubbling before pouring the water down the inside of the brewing vessel, not directly on the leaves. Flash brew for 30 seconds, then replace the lid and pour the liquor into a gong dao bei (fairness pitcher) before apportioning into tea cups.  Add 15 seconds for each subsequent brew. Remove the lid of the brewing vessel to allow the leaves to cool between steepings. Flash brewing in this manner ensures this tea can be brewed up to 5+ times and brewed again the following morning if left overnight.

Western Style Brewing: Using the service size recommended above, put tea leaves in an infuser (or pitcher with built-in infuser) and add hot water (212F/100C). Steep for 2-3 minutes.

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