A distinctive feature of this variety is an unusual shape – tea leaves look like pine needles. In order to give the leaves this shape, they are rolled with special rollers. For this purpose, only the leaves on the long cuttings are suitable – for maximum similarity with the needles. The presence of cuttings affects not only the appearance, they also make the taste of the brewed drink very rich and increase the beneficial effect on the body. Tea is very healthy, as the cuttings are rich in medicinal substances: polyphenols and essential oils.
Raw materials from different varieties of bushes growing in the Yunnan – in the counties of Tenzin, Changning, Yun and others are used for tea production. Often raw materials are harvested in summer, since in this period longer cuttings grow. After picking, within one day, tea leaves are subjected to all the classic Dian Hong processing: withering, crushing, fermentation, drying. Despite the fact that red tea in China is mainly produced for export, this kind of Dian Hong is an exception, most of it remains in China, as it is popular with local people due to its mild taste.