Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Butiki Teas
Our Zhen Qu originates from Yunnan, China and has downy black and gold curly leaves. This lightly malty tea has wonderful honey notes that linger and mingle with floral, chocolate, and pecan notes. Our recommended steep time produces a well-balanced tea and is less dry but we also recommend trying this tea at longer steep times for a more intense flavor.
Learn more about this tea here.
I have to start off by mentioning that I don’t believe that the photo for this picture does this tea justice. The first thing I noticed when I opened this pouch of tea was all the gorgeous golden curls amongst the dark chocolate brown leaves (also curled!) So many golden leaves! And I don’t know how well this photo captured all those pretty gold leaves.
Then again, it also does not capture the amazing aroma that is wafting from my favorite tea mug (my favorite painting – Starry Night – has been printed on it). It smells chocolate-y and nutty and sweet … and malty and caramel-y too. This fragrance is so decadent that my taste buds can hardly wait for a sip!
And the sip does not disappoint. This is deliciously full-flavored, with a strong honey-esque tone to it. So much so that it tastes as though I added a dollop of honey to my mug. But I didn’t! This tea doesn’t need it either … it is so fantastically sweet all on its own.
The chocolate notes are there too and they lend a rich and creamy taste to the cup, as does the notes of malt and caramel. All the aromas that I could smell before taking a sip I can now taste as I sip. The nutty tones add depth to the flavor and there is also a hint of flower to the cup that kind of took me by surprise, but in a very good way. I just didn’t expect that light, flowery taste in this rich cup of tea … but I like it.
Such a rich and impressive cup of tea. The kind you want to have on hand for the mornings when you aren’t rushing out the door, this would be a delightful way to start the day. I say this because you DO NOT want to rush with this tea, take your time and savor every drop! It’s absolutely lovely!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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