i can’t purport to be an expert on Chinese black/red teas but the quick tasting cup of 2013 Simao Gao Shan Hong Cha from Yunnan was fab…rich, smooth/unctuous with no bitterness or astringency and a lip smacking fruity follow through…cool…
aromatic dry, this rare red tea comes from the high mountain of the Simao area, picked in early April…
tasty lookin’ after brew, the leaf a rich dark-chocolate colour, nice and fruity to the nose, while the deep copper coloured brew itself was lip-smacling due to smoothness and unctuousness not a brisk freshness…great either way…yum, more to come me reckons..
the aftermath of late night #Chinesetea tasting…overflowing pots with spent but still beautiful leaf..
many cups went through the 2 pots and gaiwan on the tea tray..glass pot-“white peony”, gaiwan- “gao yin ya” green, clay pot- autumn anxi benshan oolong (fresh pot and cup- Nepali special organic oolong)
the small clay pot nearly filled the plate when emptied, neck deep in oolong…1/3rd into the new Chinese adventures with more green, oolong, red and post fermented teas to come…
So begin your own tea experiments and enter the wonderful world of taste, experience and learning…!
a #chinesetea classic…a quite broken dark leaf, deep and warm in tone, fresh taste and clean finish…hmmm
(hey fine folk @ThreeDRadio listeners down south, send me yr deets, i will send of a sample and you can tell me if it’s up to chop…..?)
2013 Keemun sample
anyway, that’s said so off to the 6th? steep of 2013 yunnan yue guang bai (moonlight) #tea ..it’s not white not oolong..each pour a little change in tone and taste….small pots, many cups…(and only about 15 more samples to try yet…tough job this tea catching…!)
a Chinese red tea (what we would usually call black but i s’pose you can see it in the leaf and brew i reckon..
an April (spring) harvest red tea from the Fengqing area of Lincang, Yunnan, China
2013 Yunnan Hong Mao Jian- overall a pleasant experience, different from the brisk high grown Himalayan #teas often in my pot..a very well made tea that will need another try or two to show what its got….more to come…
a nice looking tea, many unbroken single buds with a leaf each…well made and fine looking needles…now to add water..
very pretty leaf post brew, fine and delicate with fresh red/brown chocolatey colour…stupidly too many photos to catch a good sniff…
a good looking, clear, and yes, red brew, reckoned as having a chocolate aroma,tasted malty, sweet and balanced without being that surprising at first taste.. must return for another visit..