Dà Jīn Zhēng Hóng Chá, 大金针红茶, Big Golden Needle Black Tea
Spring 2020; var. 凤九 Féng Jiǔ (Phoenix No. 9); Lincang, Fengqing, Yunnan; bud only; 1600-1900m; #TodaysTea, #今天的茶, #JīnTiāndeChá, #Tea, #茶, #Chá.
The aroma of the dry leaves is malty, spicy, aromatic; whilst with leaves are slightly smokey, acrid , spicy, cinnamon, cooked apple, spiced pear and mild suggestive of Brettanomyses;
I infused 3-4g of golden buds, in 180ml of water, for 5-10sec.@90-95deg. C.
The colour of the liquor is bright golden, brassy colour, with faint, subtle spiced pear aroma.
In the mouth, the sensation is tingling, mouth coating, syrupy, creamy, with a sweet finish; whilst the taste is almost neutral, spicy (sweet spices) and mellow in flavour, with mildly malty and sweet fairy floss finish.
Opinion: This Tea is very present, with a noticeable, forward palate resplendent in its spicy freshness, hint of minerality, and sweet finish. Very pleasant.