Xiǎo Jīn Sī Hóng Chá, 小金丝红茶, Small Golden (Silk) Thread Black Tea;
Today’s Tea – Spring, 2020; var. Assamica; Lincang, Fengqing, Yunnan; buds only, sun baked, hand processed; 1600-1900m.
Infusion: 6g in 250ml for 30-50sec.@95-100deg. C
Dry leaf aroma: apricots, pale malt, sweet butter cookies;
Wet leaf aroma: sharp, with a malty undertone;
Liquor: deep red colour, with slightly malty, sweet, “black tea” scent;
Mouthfeel: watery, slightly viscous, mild astringency, with a vaguely sweet finish;
Taste: woody, peppery gingerness, vague retronasal hints of malt, orchid-like mildly bitter aftertaste.
Opinion: Tea Sample. A vastly different taste in the cup compared with the previous two teas. The little metal device is a Spout strainer and also causes the tea to pour in a Vortex spiral.