Chi Gan (Sweet Vermilion)

Black Tea 2021

A rich and flavorful spring black tea made from Tongmu’s heirloom tea bushes. The sweet brew infuses to a bold vermilion color.

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Tea Origin
Tongmu Village, Wuyishan City, Fujian Province, China

Tea Bush
Tongmu Quntizhong (Tongmu Heirloom Tea Bush)

Tea Master
Wu Jianming

Harvest Time
Late April

Picking Standard
One bud, three leaves

Low tea bushes on a mountain slope surrounded by tall pines and palms.
Low intensity garden in Tongmu Village.

The signature longan-fruit flavor of Tongmu’s quntizhong heirloom tea bushes develops into a bright red brew that is naturally rich and sweet in this unsmoked black tea. Chi Gan (Sweet Vermilion) is processed with the same refined techniques as our Zui Chun Fang (Drunken Peach), merely made with leaves harvested slightly later for a richer, bolder brew and better price.

As a historic tea production area with unique local biodiversity, Tongmu’s environment is heavily protected and kept pollution-free. Since it rests at a higher elevation with a slightly cooler climate than many regions of Wuyishan, the tea harvest occurs about a week later than nearby areas. The window for harvesting spring teas like Chi Gan only lasts for about 25 days in late April and early May.

Read more about the long history of innovative tea making in Tongmu on our page for Zui Chun Fang (Drunken Peach) black tea.

Green sprigs of fresh tea growing on the bush in the foreground, with two tea pluckers harvesting leaves out of focus in the background.
Harvesting Tongmu tea from the heirloom cultivar tea Tongmu tea bushes in April 2021.

Chi Gan (Sweet Vermilion) brewing guidelines

5 grams (1.5 Tb) tea

12 oz 100°C (212ºF) water

4 min. first infusion

At least 4 infusions: 4, 4, 5, 8 minutes