Wèn Xiāng Jīn Zhēn Diān Hóng Chá, 问乡金针滇红茶, Yunnan Gold Needle Black Tea
Autumn, 2020; var. Camelia sinensis; Menglian, Yunnan; bud and one leaf, EU Organic, Dianhong black tea process; 1400-1800m; #TodaysTea, #今天的茶, #JīnTiāndeChá.
Infusion: 3g in 150ml for 20-30sec.@90-95deg. C
Dry Leaf Aroma: carob, malt, and honey
Wet Leaf Aroma: strong, aromatic, sharp, orchid?
Liquor: reddish amber colour with a faint fruity & malty aroma;
Mouthfeel: tingling, a slight bitter bite, moderately viscous, moderately sweet finish, and late onset of mild, lingering astringency;
Taste: malty, with retronasal honey and floral hints;
Opinion: This is a mature style of tea, insofar as its flavour, whilst notably malty, is complex and nuanced mostly in its aftertaste and finish. This tea demands your attention, and refuses to be ignored, in a good way. Worth drinking.