Today I am reviewing a 2020 Fox Down black tea from White2Tea.
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Origin: Yunnan, China
Our new Fox Down is a Yunnan shai hong, sun dried black tea made from a bud heavy picking.
The tea coin itself is rather pretty and you can tell that they used reasonable quality material due to the obvious golden tea buds pressed into the coin.
I decided to brew the entire tea coin, which is approximately 7 grams, in a small ceramic teapot with normal bottled water, which is technically reverse-osmosis filtered.
Steeped for 30 seconds.
A mineral, watery malty-sweet black tea flavor.
The tea coin is rather compressed and the leaves have not unfurled yet.
Steeped for 45 seconds.
This steep has much more body and texture.
It tastes of roasted malt, light cream, dark wood, brown sugar, and a dates.
Sweet, yet not overly complex.
Flavor notes: Malt, cream, dark wood, brown sugar, and dates.
I am enjoying this tea with a few Royal Dansk butter cookies and they pair nicely together, as the tea cuts through the sweet and buttery flavor of the cookies.
Steeped for 1 minute.
It’s a bit more creamy here, as the tannins have dropped off a bit.
Nice flavor, but I wouldn’t consider it to be very unique.