2021 Sun Dried Black Tea Cake - Yiwu Shai Hong Compressed Black Tea 200g

2021 Sun Dried Black Tea Cake - Yiwu Shai Hong Compressed Black Tea 200g


A classic Dian Hong sun-dried black tea compressed in a round cake. A super flowery, malty and honey-sweet tea with a full bodied texture. Made from top quality leaves from the Yiwu region.

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Sun-dried black tea, also known as 'shai hong' is made based on a different processing method than mainstream black teas. Most black teas are made letting the leaves wither, followed by rolling and fermentation. However, for Shai Hong the last step is different. While the most common way is to roast the black tea leaves to stop the fermentation, for a sun-dried black tea, the fermentation is stopped by drying the leaves in the sun (as it's done for pu erh).

'Pu Erh Shai Hong' or 'Tai He Tian Cha'?

Because tea types are classified based on their processing method, a sun dried black tea can also be considered a type between black and pu erh tea. This is why it's not strange that sun dried black are also known as 'pu erh shai hong (普洱晒红).

The after taste of a Shai Hong is sweet and because it originates from Tai He, it's also known as 'Tai He Sweet Tea' or 'Tai He Tian Cha' (太和甜茶).

Note that the black tea cake on this page is however made from wild tree leaves from Yiwu.

Storage Tips for Best Long-term Aging

Because this type of black tea is sun-dried, it's considered suitable for long-term storage. Due to this feature, it's also often compressed into cakes. It's said that the longer it's stored the better the flavour. Below some tips for storage:

  • Store dry in a well ventilated room;
  • Avoid direct sunlight and bad odors;
  • At room temperature (20-30ºC / 70-85ºF)
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Steeping time 2 min
Steeping temperature 85 °C - 185 °F
Leaves per 500ml / 17oz teapot 6 gram
Tablespoons / 500ml (17 oz) n/a
Harvest Year 2021
Tea Season Spring
Tea Caffeine Content medium
Tea Region Yiwu
Tea Province Yunnan
Gluten-free yes
Tea in Chinese 云南易武晒红茶饼

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