Jingmai Sun-Dried

Black Tea 2023

A deep and foresty classic Yunnan black tea made from old-growth trees. The dynamic, changing flavor yields strange florals and fruits in later infusions, including powdery lilac, ylang-ylang, and notes of fresh apple.


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Tea Origin
Jingmai Mountain, Lancang City, Yunnan Province, China

Tea Bush
Yunnan Dayezhong (Yunnan Large Leaf Heirloom Tea Tree)

Tea Maker
Gong Liping and Ran Yijun

Harvest Time
Late March

Plucking Standard
One bud, one leaf

This particular tea was made from high-quality leaf from prized Jingmai Mountain. Old-growth forest trees lend a unique depth and complexity to the flavor. The natural diversity of wildflowers that bloom in this region are thought to contribute a unique wildflower fragrance to the tea.

Yunnan Sun-Dried Black Tea

Fresh leaf for Jingmai sun-dried black tea piled on mesh in a long withering trough.
Withering Jingmai tea on top of a long withering trough with air running beneath it.

As the name suggests, Yunnan sun-dried black teas (sometimes called “sun-red”) mainly differ from traditional black teas in their drying. Instead of using an oven to quickly dry the tea after oxidation, the darkened leaves are spread thin to dry in the sun, often in a covered solarium. In the subtropical heat of Yunnan’s climate, the drying process only takes a day.

The resulting black tea has some characteristics in common with the sheng puer tea and Yunnan white tea that also originated in this province. It possesses the depth and complexity of a sheng puer with a hint of its greenness, the rich smoothness of a Yunnan white tea, as well as the rich floral, fruit, and sweet honey notes characteristic of black tea.

Wide view of Jingmai sun-dried black tea spread thin and drying on the floor of a sunny solarium.
In Yunnan’s hot climate, it only takes about a day for black tea to sun-dry in a solarium like this.

To try sun-dried black teas from different Yunnan origins made by the same-method, try our Youle Sun-Dried black tea from Youle Mountain or Naka Sun-Dried black tea from Menghai County.

No chemical fertilizer, pesticide, or herbicide was used in the production of this tea. Click here to read more about our promise to fair trade and the environment.


Jingmai Sun-Dried brewing guidelines

5 grams (2 Tb) tea

12 oz 100°C (212ºF) water

3 min. first infusion

At least 4 infusions: 3, 3, 5, 8 minutes