Sourced directly from the primeval mountains of Guizhou, China from our tea mentor, Master Lin, a true maverick, who insists on making tea using ancient, traditional methods.
What differentiates this style of tea making from the modern methods, is the respect shown to the leaves, the 'Living Tea' process.
Harvested from the wild and ancient tea trees that grow high in the mountains, the leaves are dried and fermented in the sun, turned gently by hand. There are no machine processes involved. It usually takes 28 – 45 days to make a batch of tea. Master Lin believes this is the way nature intends us to treat its tea leaves.
As you brew and re-brew this Red tea, no matter the water temperature or length of brew it will never bitter. This is the result of the 'Living Tea' process.
Type: Red tea
Origin: Guizhou, China
Cultivar: Guan Yin
Tasting notes: The wet leaf aroma is sweet with combination of orchids, mahogany and berries. The taste is malty, floral, fruity with a hint of spice and an intense but delicious finish, that lingers long after your first sip.
Temperature: 95-100 degrees
Brewing instructions: Western method; Approx. 1-2 scoops or 3 grams for every 150ml of water for a 1-3 minute infusion.
Gong fu method; 2-3 scoops or 6 grams for every 150ml of water. First infusion 5 seconds- 10 seconds and then 20 + seconds for up to 9 infusions.
Pair with: rice, grilled fish, sweet potato, flavoured soft cheeses (Brie and Camembert) caramel, sponge cake, and fruit, rice cakes.
Ingredients: Chinese Red Tea