Dark Tea

What is dark tea?

Joe Leech
Joe Leech

Dark Tea(Hei Cha 黑茶) is an unique type of tea made by post fermentation with a more than 400 years history. In China, it is usually called Border-Sale Tea (Bian Xiao Cha 边销茶), literally, tea sold on borders as it is commonly compressed into forms of bricks and sold in western minority areas of China. Its name comes from the color of dried tea leaves which results from old coarse raw materials and long time stacking fermentation during its production. According to the producing areas and production process, it can be divided into Hunan Hei Cha,Hubei Hei Cha, Sichuan Route Tea, Diangui Hei Cha and etc. For people who like delicategreen tea, it is hard to get used to the strong and unique taste of Hei Cha at once while if they stick to drinking it, they would fall in love with the unique mellow flavor of dark tea. Hei Cha won popularity in Yunnan,Sichuan and Guangxi provinces of China. Now dark tea is beloved by Tibetan,Mongol and Uygur people and considered a necessity by them.

History of Dark Tea (Hei Cha)

Legend told on the ancient Silk Road, tea caravan encountered rain, the tea moistened by rain mildew and became worthless. Tea merchants can’t help but abandon it and went away. Next year, an outbreak of dysentery made many people died in the village. When people got nothing to eat, tea merchants gave the mildewed tea to the poor families. Miracle occurred. Sick people recovered from the illness.

According to historical records,dark tea emerged much earlier than the legend told. According to “History of the Ming Food and Money,” it said: “Shenzong Wanli thirteen years (AD 1585) … … Tea is exchanged for horse, As Hunan tea is cheap,cross-border private and selling of Hunnan hei cha prospered”

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Chinese people have a tradition of tea treatment since ancient times. People have been using aged tea to treat diabetes, dysentery and colds.
According to the modern medical science tea polyphenols, tea polysaccharide, tea saponin, amino acid, alkaloids and inorganic elements have health benefits on human beings.
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