Jīn Zhēn Diān Hóng Chá, 金针滇红茶 , Golden Needle Yunnan Black Tea
Summer, 2020; var. Yunnan Big Leaf; Fengqing, Lincang, Yunnan; bud and leaf; elev. unknown; #TodaysTea, #今天的茶, Jīn Tiān De Chá.
Infusion: 3g in 150ml for 20-30sec.@95-100deg. C
Dry leaf aroma: malty & candy-bar sweet, with distinct carob overtones;
Wet leaf aroma: vegetal, carob, undertones of raspberry and fig;
Liquor: pale amber with mild hints of chocolate, and malt;
Mouthfeel/Taste: thick, viscous, syrupy, oily, sweet, ever so slightly peppery;
Flavour: malty, forest honey sweet, hints off milk chocolate;
Opinion: From the long, pine needle-like golden buds, to the amber colored tea, this tea is very pleasing. The surprising carob-like aroma bleeds into a pleasant chocolate aftertaste leaving a sweet and mellow feeling after. Very nice indeed!