This Zhu Rong black tea was curated by Wang Yanxin and sold through Verdant Tea.
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Brand: Verdant Tea / Wang Yanxin
Tea: Zhu Rong
Tea Varietal: Fengqing Da Ye
Vintage: May 4th, 2020
Elevation: 2,000 Meters
Origin: Lincang Region, China
The tea has a striking appearance, with an array of black and gold colors.
I put 4 grams of tea into a small glass pitcher using distilled water.
After brewing, the tea was filtered through a stainless steel mesh strainer.
I washed the tea for 10 seconds and discarded the rinse.
Steeped for 15 seconds.
Surprisingly flavorful for a 15 second steep.
Flavor is primarily toasty and sweet.
Almost reminds me of baked dessert bread sweetened with spice and honey.
Other notes include malt, vanilla, cocoa nibs, raisins, and wet moss.
Steeped for 20 seconds.
The color is a bit darker now.
Flavor is about the same, but a bit more pronounced.
In my opinion, it’s not very bitter or astringent.
The body of the tea is probably moderate, or maybe even a little on the light side.
I bet you this tea would be wildly popular in an English styled tea house.
It just screams dessert.
It’s easy to imagine drinking this tea alongside delectable pastries.
Steeped for 25 seconds.
A slight note of kumquat fruit has appeared alongside the other flavor notes.
Steeped for 35 seconds.
The taste isn’t quite as strong now, but it still has enough flavor to drink.
I could probably steep this a couple more times, but I think I’ve had enough caffeine for now.
A very enjoyable black tea.
Drink it with dessert, I’m sure you would love it.