Red Goddess is made by allowing Tieguanyin leaves to fully oxidize to an aromatic, sweetly floral black tea. One will note the leaves are long and thin, very unusual for a Tieguanyin varietal. For lovers of black tea, this one offers yet another refreshing cup!
The lot was grown at a comparatively high elevation. The temperature variations of warm and cold in spring develop bud sets with complex flavors. The leaves appear well-handled and processed with a strong aroma. In tasting, we found it offers a clean and lively black. The varietal, which is explained below, brings depth of flavor to the cup. It offers a nice option for both morning and mid-day tea drinking.
Our lot was grown in the WuYi Mountains. The varietal a hybrid created by the grafting of two tea bushes - roots of one and stem & leaves of another - to create a tea providing an early-spring pluck, the deeply rich flavors and a soft, clean light-red cup appearance. The taste complexity of an Oolong made to a hong cha or black tea. Delicious!
While definitively black in flavor, there are notes of honey and aroma of peach. There is a strong floral aftertaste as well.
Use a rounded teaspoon for 8-12 ounces of water at a temperature of 205 degrees F. Steep for 2-3 minutes and taste. Added steep time will add body and some complexity to the cup. It will steep multiple times with added time.