One of my favorite teas. Great flavor and lasting essence. I look forward to it mostly every morning.
This local-style black offers a distinctive flavor! High-fired, this cultivar cups to a dry, lightly sweet flavor reminiscent of a Keemun tea. Leaves are long, thin and wiry. The telling characteristic of this tea from other Fujian Congou is its "dry" sweetness. The firing is high which has elevated the aroma of the tea and accentuated its winey notes.
Lot Notes. It offers an unusual black tea experience due to the fact it is not a tea cultivated for export and is consumed primarily in the local area of Fuzhou. Tea was harvested in April 2021. We continue to sell this lot and enjoy its aging process as native flavors have softened and rounded to a smooth & clean taste. The pricing is also attractive in today's high-demand black tea market. It is a good everyday black, hydrating and refreshing.
Tea Facts. Grown near Fuzhou along the coast of Fujian Province. A local style Fujianese black rarely exported. It is small farm produced from a local Mao Feng cultivar.
Tasting Notes. The aroma is pleasant, winey and noticeably high-fire. Taste is dry and sweet, light and clean.
Brewing Suggestions. Use a rounded teaspoon (3 grams) of leaf for 8 ounces of water at a temperature of 195-205 degrees F. Steep for 2-3 minutes and taste. At 2 minutes there is nice light note to the tea. It builds body with more time.