Our tea masters travel thousands of miles across the globe, sampling teas from different regions, terroir, age of tea orchard and vintage in search of the purist single-estate, small batch dark teas. Each batch has unique favours. Our prestige dark tea collection is curated from the following regions in China.

 

Dark tea regions in China on a map

Yunnan

Our Cemeonial dark aged tea is an extremely rare tea is from China’s Yunnan, the birthplace of tea. Nestled among mountains on the fringes of the Sichuan Basin, and has four rivers flowing through the region, it has a long association with the tea trade and even produced the world's most expensive variety of the commodity last year.

The tea has been traded for over 2,000 years, on the legendary Tea Horse Road, a network of mule-caravan paths, along which tea from as far away as Yunnan was carried to Nepal and beyond, in exchange for horses. By the 11th Century, the dark aged tea had become the coin of the realm.

With nearly 1,700mm of rain a year, the region enjoys a monsoon-fed, humid sub-tropical climate, while mountain ranges to the northwest shield it from cold Siberian winds. It is perfect for quality tea production.

Yunnan dark tea is arguably the most famous fermented tea in China. It is among the most robust but refined black teas produced in the world!

Our Yunnan Dark Tea has a mahogany red colour. The aroma is sweet and floral with a slight roasted undertone. The taste is smooth with sweet malty notes. The aftertaste is refreshing and clean. This tea ages well and develops textures of red wine and fruit with a little age.

Our 60 year-old Yunnan Dark Tea has an intensely deep, rich and complex flavours. The tastes linger in your month making you want more.

 

Hunan

Our Signature dark aged tea is cultivated from the central south Hunan region. Located in a remote mountainous area, tea has been cultivated in Anhua since 1524. With four distinct seasons, abundant rainfall and a short cold period encourage rich biodiversity, and foster the growth of high quality teas.

Known for its soft and thick leaves, the large leaf species from this region is one of the famous tea tree varieties in China.

The tea our tea masters curated from this region is rich and mellow and long lasting floral aroma. When brewed, the tea is golden amber, with fresh pine forest, a touch of mushroom and a tint of smokiness. It is soft and warm as it gently soothes and energises the body.

 

Hubei

The Premium dark aged tea is from China’s central southwest region, home to the world’s 2,000 years old tea orchards. This region has a long history of tea and tea culture. Home to the birthplace of Lu Yu, the world’s first tea master, the Sage of Tea for his contribution to Chinese tea culture. He was also the author of the monumental book, the Classic of Tea.

A hidden gem yet to be discovered, this region produces excellent teas and arguably keener value than Dragonwell or Huangshan Mao Feng. It is an extremely mountainous region with very rugged terrain, and not surprisingly is quite rural by comparison to other parts of the province. The land here is heavily forested and known for rich soils high in selenium. As a result of both history and the high selenium content of its soils, Hubei produces a number of unique teas.