Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Nan Nuo Shan
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.
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!