Premium "Purple Beauty" Yunnan Green Tea
Yes, it's a green tea, and it's purple. An unusual situation! The reason for this is because this particular varietal (a type of Yunnan large-leaf tea), has been cultivated to bring out its purple coloration and sweet flavor, but has been processed as a green tea, with oxidation arrested at an early stage of processing.
The resulting brew is sweet, aromatic, and complex-flavored, with a burgundy-colored appearance. It's good for many steeps in which its dark coloration remains. Purple Beauty is high in anthocyanin, a pigment with antioxidant properties also found in blueberries, purple corn, and black rice.
Harvested in spring 2018. Origin is Lancang, Yunnan Province.