What is the 'Red Tea' in our 'Good Morning' Bonbon?
You might notice that we refer to some of the tea used in our Bonbons as both 'Red' and 'Black'.
We call our Dianhong tea 'Red' tea thanks to its Chinese name. 'Dian' (滇) refers to the region of Yunnan, and 'Hong' (紅) means red. In English this is a 'Black' Tea. In Chinese pretty much all 'Black' tea is called 'Red.' The Chinese name refers to the reddish-brown color of the brew that results when you make a cup of one of these teas. Dianhong teas from Yunnan are known for their balance of fruitiness and smokiness, with hints of chocolate in the aftertaste.
An interesting thing to note about Dianhong tea is that large-scale modern production in Yunnan only really took off in the 1930s –– a time of military crisis and occupation. It was made to be an export to support the Chinese government in Sichuan as many tea-producing areas had been taken over by the Japanese imperial army.
Nowadays Dianhong tea is one of the most important teas for export from China.
We chose Dianhong for our 'Good Morning' Bonbon because of its warming, smooth odor and flavor, which works well in the morning as you lift up your first cup, and because the chocolatey deep flavors work so well with the added calendula and mint.