PURPLE LEAF Sheng Puerh from China

PURPLE LEAF Sheng Puerh from China


Purple tea is made from leaves that are high in anthocyanin, an antioxidant also found in blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. This antioxidant causes the tea leaves to appear purple rather than green. When processed, the dry leaves appear blue-black and the resulting tea liquor has a subtle purple hue. Purple tea refers to the color of the tea leaves, but those leaves are then further processed into white, green, oolong, black or puerh tea.

Our Purple Leaf Sheng Puerh was made with handpicked purple leaves from a field of cultivated purple tea trees. Farmer Li Shu Lin can also make purple tea using wild purple leaves that appear naturally in his other tea fields, but the amount of wild purple leaves is much smaller.

The tea trees on Li's land have never had any added manures, pesticides, or soil additives of any kind, and thrive completely on their own in their natural environment.

Li Shu Lin and his wife Cai Jun Qiong live on Nannuo Mountain in Yunnan, China where they have been crafting tea for decades. Cai takes her motorcycle to the tea fields to pluck leaves until sunset, then brings them home for Li to process through the evening and early morning.

Read about our trip to the farm here!

0.5 ounces / 14 grams

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