Nán Nuò Gǔ Hóng Shài Hóng Chá, 南糯古红晒红茶, Nannuo Ancient Sun-dried Black Tea
Spring 2016; from Yunnan; C. sinensis var. da yezhong (Yunnan big leaf); bud and 1-2 leaf, sun-baked, 300+ y.o. trees; elev. unknown; #TodaysTea, #今天的茶, #JīnTiāndeChá., #Tea, #茶, #Chá.
Infusion: 4-5g in 150ml for 20sec@90deg. C
Long, twisted, dark brown, dry leaves interspersed with gold and grey, that smell rich & dark, like plums, raisins, dates, and a touch of dried tangerine peel. The wet leaves smell earthy, & woody.
The Liquor brews an amber yellow colour with a mild, cinnamon, and honey aroma. It has a moderately viscous texture, mild stimulation with a minty fresh character, with mouthwatering, sweet fresh finish, and presents a soft malty presence, with slight honeyish, sweet, floral taste.
Opinion: This is a very enjoyable tea to drink. From dry leaf to cup, it provides a lovely, sensory journey without complication, or olfactory challenge. It is robust enough to withstand many quick infusions without losing its gentle character along the way.