Yi Ya Yi Ye Tai Cha Red (一芽一葉紅苔茶, Yī Yá Yī Yè Hóng Tái Chá, "One Bud One Leaf Red Moss Tea") - Yi Ya Yi Ye means "One Bud One Leaf" and is the name of a grade of tea picked in the early spring, when a standard pluck includes one young leaf and one unopened leaf bud. It can reasonably said that many of our teas are of the Yi Ya Yi Ye grade, but the only way we have to distinguish this tea when requesting it from its producer Xiang Ge is by its grade name. We've enjoyed this tea for years but it never properly made it onto the website or got given a real name because it gets sold/drunk too quickly in the store. So the name Yi Ya Yi Ye has stuck, and we're keeping it because that's how people know it now.
This tea is made from the Tai Cha plants of Guizhou, along with our Taicha Maojian, Guan Guan Cha, and Jade Buds. This family of tea plants is unique to the Shiqian region of Guizhou and are notable for turning purple in late spring/early summer. This early spring red tea has notes of Korean sweet potato and currant, with a malty, molasses body and hints of pine needle and pecan rind.
I have a very special fondness for red teas as a red tea once saved my life. As the story goes I was testing for my second-degree black sash in Chinese kung fu and I was very sick the day of testing, I had a fever and low energy and was literally dying as I was testing, Ha ha ha. I passed my test and the grandmaster who I was testing in front of and the Crew of other people testing and our teachers went to a Chinese restaurant that the grandmaster knew and as we sat down he talked to one of the old Chinese men and they brought forth he and I a pot of tea, I asked him what kind of tea this was and he said it was a very special red tea and to just go on ahead and drink it without question. The tea restored my health almost instantly and I felt my energy levels and my body energy and everything else coming back to me, henceforth I believe that the red tea saved my life. This red tea is probably one of the best I’ve ever drunk, it has a very rich flavor and syrupy and the Qi of this tea is powerful. I highly recommend that you buy this tea while they still have it.