Yixing Hong Cha Black Tea from Nan Nuo Shan

Yixing Hong ChaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Nan Nuo Shan

Tea Description:

Yixing Hong Cha −also called Yangxian Hong Cha− is a famous black tea. The dry leaves are straight, tender and dark in color. Usually two leaves and a bud or one leaf and one bud are picked.

The infusion is characterized by an intense smell. Fresh Yixing Hong Cha is yellow-red in color, and brighter than other famous Chinese black teas like Qi Hong (Qimen) and Dian Hong (Yunnan). It feels a little bit sour on the root of one’s teeth, but mellow, smooth and refreshing at the same time. It has an indescribable smell, very natural, and a lingering finish.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Yes!  I love this tea!  This Yixing Hong Cha Black Tea from Nan Nuo Shan is absolutely exquisite!

Sweet with remarkable cacao notes and hints of caramel undertones.  Fruit notes that offer a sweet note with a hint of sour, like you might experience after you’ve taken a bite of a fresh plum.

It’s a full-bodied tea, strong yet mild.  It’s not aggressive.  It’s not bitter or overly astringent.  It’s smooth and rich.  I get an almost dry cacao note toward the end of the sip, almost like the flavor of a top quality cocoa powder but not quite as bitter as the cocoa powder would be.  This has all that wonderful flavor of chocolate but without a strong bitterness, almost like dark chocolate.

To brew this tea, I used my Kati tumbler and measured out a bamboo scoop of the tea into the basket.  I added 12 ounces of boiling water and let it steep for 3 minutes.

For those of you who are missing Dawn from Simple Leaf – I highly suggest trying this tea.  THIS is AMAZING!


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

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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