Da Fo Hong Cha BIO
Malty, slightly sweet, with subtle cocoa notes. Da Fo Hong Cha is a typical Chinese black tea, thoroughly oxidized to give out the intense malty aroma distinctive of traditional black tea.
Nannuoshan source this tea directly from the supplier, a hidden mountain tea community with organic certification.
This tea is called Da Fo in honor of the Big Buddha ("da fo" in Mandarin) temple located next to the city of Xinchang, not far from the tea garden.
- ORIGIN: Xinchang, Zhejiang, China
- MEANING: Big Buddha red tea (da fo hong cha)
- CULTIVAR: Qun Ti Zhong
- HARVEST TIME: April 2016
- TASTE: Malt, sweet, cocoa
Our organic Da Fo Hong Cha comes from a mountain area in the Xinchang county. Xinchang is well known for its Big Buddha ("Da Fo" in Mandarin) Long Jing, a nutty green tea; our supplier used the same leaves to produce also an outstanding black tea, the Da Fo Hong Cha.
The farmers come down from the mountains every morning to gather in the city tea market, where they sort and sell their tea.
We explored the hills and mountains surrounding the city and had to cover quite a distance to find these outstanding organic green and black teas. On the top of a mountain, the inhabitants of a small and hidden village founded a tea cooperative to cultivate organic tea gardens. The far-sighted administrator of the village conducted this and other measures to convert a poor settlement into a wealthy community. Besides educating the farmers to obtain the organic certification he pushed the production of a local speciality, a corn tortillas, and made of a village a touristic attraction.
The tea bushes are spread in tiny plots, not larger than a backyard. The weed grows high around the bushes, confirming that no herbicides are used. The crop is very limited. We are glad to support this happy community and encourage them to persevere in the effort of renovating the organic certification, year after year.