Tasting Notes: Tawny liquor with notes of chestnut and toasted barley sugar.
Coming from Feng Huang, the Phoenix Mountain, in the Guandong Province of China, this incredible black tea shows many of the characteristics of the famous Oolongs of the region. With balanced tannins and a flavor profile that evolves on the palate, Feng Huang Hong Cha starts with a delicate bite of tart berry and finishes with honeyed notes of sweet malt.
Without doubt our most interesting black tea, the tightly twisted black leaves of Feng Huang Hong Cha (Phoenix Mountain Black Tea) yield a complex and satisfying cup. Once infused, you will notice aromas of flowers and warm honey with abundant flavors of chestnut and blackcurrant that give way to a long and comforting finish of sweet barley sugar. Rich and intricate, fans of Spanish Black Forest will enjoy Feng Huang Hong Cha's interesting and unique character.
Due to its unique processing, Feng Huang Hong Cha acts much like an oolong and you may expect many beautiful steeps from each portion of this lovely black tea. Brewed Western-style, each portion of Feng Huang Hong Cha may yield 4-5 steeps. Brewed in a traditional gaiwan or yixing, you may anticipate 8-10 steeps from this complex black tea.
Black teas are fully oxidized tea leaves that are created by the will of the producer to create a robust and structured cup. Bearing this in mind, they are the most likely to become bitter and astringent if over brewed. Black tea should be brewed between two and four minutes, according to the style of the tea and your taste, with water just off boil at around 205 degrees. Our high quality black teas may be infused multiple times and will yield different expressions in each infusion.
What is Black Tea?
Black teas are made from fully oxidized leaves. The Chinese refer to black teas as "red teas" in reference to the copper colored of their infusion. Developed in the 18th century, the production process of black tea begins with withering of the leaves, and then moves to rolling, oxidation, drying, sorting, sifting and sometimes, an optional firing.
Health Benefits of Black Tea
Congratulations, if you are drinking tea, you have already chosen an incredible, healthful beverage. Tea is considered in many cultures to have medicinal properties. All tea comes from the same plant family, camellia sinensis, and therefore all types and styles contain the same components that contribute to significant health benefits. Influence of the varietal, growing conditions, production techniques, and your brewing practices play a role in the antioxidant and caffeine levels of your cup. Although black tea is considered to have higher caffeine than other tea types this is not necessarily true, and we encourage you to read your body's response to each tea, as caffeine levels in any category can vary from tea to tea.