This is really a fun tea, especially as I introduce it to new tea drinkers or those that have never seen it before… Not only is it curly and “snail-looking”, but it’s also orange and has notes of malty chocolate. It’s a great way to introduce Yunnan blacks to those that LOVE Indian leaves.

So anyway, I really like the aesthetics and could go on and on about how it unravels and the leaves are consistent and the cup is a deep orange, instead of the heavily oxidized reddish color…. BUT, we’re here to drink tea, so lets talk flavor:

Yunnan teas are well known for their chocolatey, malty, mocha flavors… This leave is no different. I definitely got a lingering hint of honey and perhaps another sweet note, caramel and/or dried fruits. None of these are overpowering or dominant, so it’s nice to find balance here. I was able to steep several times (5-6 in a medium sized gaiwan) and noticed that a gradual shift to grains and less sweetness ensued.

Really a pleasure to sip overall and I think that it’s worth revisiting the fact that the appearance for new tea drinkers will blow minds! A beautiful takeaway from the famous green tea, Bi Luo Chun, of Jiangsu Province, for those that don’t know…

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Malt, Plum, Raisins, Wheat

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Hi, I’m a passionate tea enthusiast with a special place for oolong and puerh. I’ve made several trips to Asia seeking the best and most interesting leaves and I’m always looking to connect with new tea folks…

Friends and family have urged and insisted that I stop bringing home small bags of leafy treasures and instead get more serious about awesome TEA.

Currently, I’m the proud owner of Tribute Tea Company, based out of Chicago. Check us out at www.tributeteacompany.com and please let me know what you think! I’m always adding and seeking new leaves and I would love to know who to link up with for a pot while traveling…


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