Red Goddess - Hong Guan Yin

Black Oolong - notes of honey, aroma of peach.

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!

Lot Notes
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.

Tea Facts
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!

Tasting Notes
While definitively black in flavor, there are notes of honey and aroma of peach. There is a strong floral aftertaste as well.

Brewing Suggestions
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.

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