Tag : Yunnan

Written on Jul, 18, 2015 by in

Contrary to popular simplification, tea is not only produced from Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze var. sinensis and Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze var. assamica (J. Masters) Kitam, but also from other species in the genus Camellia (family Theaceae). Yue Guang Bai, for example, a special (read: my current favourite) white tea from China’s Yunnan province, is made from Camellia taliensis (W.W.Sm.) …

Written on Jun, 11, 2015 by in

Native to China’s remote Yunnan province, this natural mutation of Camellia sinensis has a purple pigmentation due to its high content of ‪anthocyanins‬ – phenolic compounds in the group of flavonoids (a different subclass of which includes the more well-known catechins, theaflavins and thearubigins). Relatively new as a cultivar, purple tea is more resilient to extreme weather conditions, which is …