2018 Zi Juan Purple Tea Cake - Sheng Purple Tea (100g/3.5oz)

An early Spring purple tea cake with a smooth and intense honey like aroma. A perfectly processed zi juan purple tea at an unbeatable price for 100g of tea.

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History: The Discovery of Purple Tea

In 1985 a group of researchers went deep into the forests of Yunnan with an ambitious goal: to uncover and isolate a rare type of tea tree characterised by purple leaves. Since the 50s several farmers have reported to have seen unusual purple tea trees. Yet, they've never been confirmed by scientists. Finally, 1985 was year of breakthrough and the existence of these tea trees are finally confirmed.

Research followed and the experts were astonished by how unique and different the flavours were relative to the common Yunnan large leaf cultivar. Besides just celebrating this ‘shennong’ like discovery moment, the leaves of this purple cultivar turned out to produce amazingly beautiful aromas. Teas made from this cultivar today is known as ‘zi juan’ (紫娟) which literally means ‘purple beauty’.

Till today, purple tea is still rare. It’s not a mainstream tea, but there are definitely some hardcore fans out there, who love the intense aroma it offers.

Our Tasting Notes

The colour of the cake is characterised by dark purplish leaves that turn dark green when steeped. It brews a tea liquor that is yellow with purplish hues.

When sipping this tea, you’ll enjoy a smooth mouthfeel that effectively quenches your thirst. There is a long lasting hui gan (aftertaste). Due to the young age of this purple tea there’s still a slight, but still enjoyable, level of bitterness.

Nevertheless, this purple cake is delicious to enjoy right now, and has great potential for further aging, allowing it to also obtain more ‘cha qi’ (tea energy). We highly recommend to purchase one for now and a second cake to revisit the flavour a few years down the road.

Health Benefits: Anthocyanin

For a delicious tea like this, discussing health benefits might be a bit off topic. Yet, it’s worth to mention that purple zi juan tea contains a multiple of anthocyanins (a type of polyphenol) relative to other teas. In fact, we’ve seen sources stating between 30 to 100 times more. The presence of high amount of anthocyanins is especially visible during processing: when frying the leaves, one has to move and stir fast, in order to avoid the leaves to stick to the pan.

Anthocyanins is an excellent antioxidant that prevents against heart disorders, eye problems, UV damage and improves skin elasticity. Though preliminary findings regarding this relatively new tea, further academic studies are needed to further confirm the findings.

Additional Info
Additional Info
Steeping time 2 min
Steeping temperature 100 °C - 212 °F
Leaves per 500ml / 17oz teapot 5 gram
Tablespoons / 500ml (17 oz) n/a
Tea Year 2018
Tea Season Spring
Tea Caffeine Content high
Tea Region Puer Village
Tea Province Yunnan
Gluten-free yes
Tea in Chinese 紫娟
Customer Reviews (1)
My first purple tea
This is the first purple tea I have ever tried and I can say that I am very satisfied. This tea has vegetal notes and notes of grape and/or cranberry. Mouthfeel is juicy to the point that my girlfriend says that it feels like she has bitten on a piece of fruit. 5 stars! :) Review by Marco Angelo (Posted on 9/28/2017)
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