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"Red Dragon" Hong Long Black Tea

$25.00

One fine day, after a deep morning meditation up in the mountains of Yunnan, the Wise Tea Master Lao Cha spoke to his disciples:

— Being present in the moment doesn't mean forgetting about your past or not caring about the future. It is simply being. Let the Red Dragon show you.

The young monks each took a sip of Red Dragon Black Tea. Flowing through them, it showed its past, the ancient Yunnan soils in which the tea grew. The future, the innovative use of modern tea cultivars. Then, it settled in the now, the soothing energy of invigorating black tea.


Deep in the mountains of China's southern province Yunnan, tea partners Mr. Zhang and Mr. Young love experimenting with Taiwanese cultivars on Yunnan soil, creating new and unique teas.

This time, the masterful tea artisans took two well-known tea cultivars: Jin Xuan, best known for the famous Milk Oolong, and Ruan Zhi (also known as Qing Xin) – one of the highest quality and most popular Taiwanese cultivars, used for producing many high-mountain oolong teas (Gao Shan), such as Dong Ding or Li Shan.

Mr. Young and Mr. Zhang transplanted the two Taiwanese cultivars into the rich Yunnan soil – full of history, minerals, and mystical energy that any tea enthusiast taking a sip of Yunnan tea may feel.

 

Mr.Young and Mr.Zhang

Mr. Young & Mr. Zhang 

The multi-layered combination of the Taiwanese oolong tea cultivars, Yunnan terroir, and Chinese black tea processing produced a tea truly incomparable to any other. Many layers come into play here — the sweet creaminess of the Jin Xuan cultivar, the unforgettable floral and fruity scents of the Ruan Zhi, the maltiness of a skillfully processed hong cha. The tea craftsmen process this Chinese black tea in traditional Yunnan manner and ferment it in small bamboo baskets.

The resulting "Red Dragon" Hong Long Black Tea is incredibly rich with bright notes of tropical fruits. When brewing the tea according to the ways of Gong Fu Cha, the first few brews will be floral and incredibly aromatic. Then, you'll get an unmistakable taste of fruits, like lychee and red berries, starting from the third brew and up. The brews are tied together by an overall elegance that Chinese black tea brings — sweet and malty, with dark cocoa tones.

 

Tea plantation

The tea garden of Young & Zhong

  

Place of Origin: Dahei Shan, Yunnan 
Harvest Date: April 2021
• Plucking Standard: One bud and two leaves
Aroma: Fruity
Taste: Flowery at first and fruity on later infusions. Long lingering finish
Tea Species: Xiao Ye Zhong (小叶种)
Cultivar: Jin Xuan & Ruan Zhi

 

Brewing guidelines:

       195℉ / 90℃ 
 

6g per 500ml   3-4min

     6g per 110ml   5sec + 5sec for each subsequent infusion


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