Jinggu Golden Years

$ 3.00

This delicious Dian Hong from Yunnan is a bud-based tea made from a cultivar that produces very large, furry buds, giving it the nickname of “Big White Fur”. Harvested in the area around Jinggu in the Pu-er Prefecture; an area obviously know for the production of puerh teas. But the black teas produced in Yunnan are equally famous and well worth exploring. Large-leaf tea buds are harvested by plucking single buds or a bud and one leaf, then processed carefully to preserve the delicate down on the buds and to produce a delicate, smooth tea.


  • Origin: Yang Ta Village, Jinggu area, Pu’er Prefecture, Yunnan, China
  • Grower/Teamaster: White Dragon Tea Factory
  • Elevation: 1700 meters
  • Harvest Date: Spring 2015
  • Cultivar: Chang Ye Bai Hao (hybrid of Assamic and Taliensis)
  • Cultivation: Organic, Natural(Organic, not certification)
  • Plucking Standard: Bud or Bud plus 1 leaf
  • Processing Notes:  picking, wilting, frying, rolling, wilting, drying in wok by hand
  • Nickname: Big White Fur, or Da Bai Hao; Golden Strand. The "Golden Years" nickname is a tribute to David Bowie, who crossed over on 1/11/2016

Brewing Suggestions1:

  • Water: 190-200˚F
  • Tea: 2g per 4oz of water (about a level 1 TB2)
  • Infusion: 3-5 minutes with multiple infusions at shorter times

Tasting Notes:

  • Smooth and dry with a hint of roastiness; sweet notes of butterscotch especially at the shorter infusion times

1 Brewing suggestions are just that. Try it the suggested way then experiment. In this case I suggest first experimenting with the infusions. I found the 3-minute steep to be sweetest. Also, I usually did a “1/2” infusion on the second round, meaning I used half the amount of water. For a stronger cup use more leaves and/or longer infusion times. Some tea drinkers like to use slightly hotter and longer times for each subsequent infusion.

2 Weighing your tea is always the best way to control your dosage. I provide approximate volume measures for convenience but they can be problematic due to the variance in tealeaf shape and size. It’s best to use the single appropriate volume measure for the tea, i.e., don’t try to measure 1.5TB using two spoons meant to measure 1 TB and a ½ TB. Use an actual 1.5 TB measuring spoon. Yes, they make them! I like the oblong ones to handle longer leaf styles.

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