Xue Ya Tea ( Sunshine Snow bud)
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This is my tea at work choice this morning – I’ve drank a few cups of it this morning. That’s a good sign – the more tea I can pour in the happier I am.
This was in the wonderful sample swap box from yyz. She included a lot of interesting stuff form sellers that I’m not familiar with. This too makes me happy – to be trying off the beaten track teas.
This is really good. It’s a very nice Chinese black, with all the wonderful chocolate notes that I would expect. The leaves are fine with a few golden tips – beautiful to look at and very pleasing to drink. It might not make my top 5 favorite list, but it’s right up there with the ones in the 5-10 range. I like it. Thanks for sharing yyz
Of the two Rizhao blacks that I have at the moment this is one is probably the less complex but on the other hand it tastes strongly of hot chocolate and because of this I am pretty sure it is my favourite of the two at the moment.
This tea brews to a reddish brown and has flavour notes of hot chocolate over malt with honeyed grain, caramel and cinnamon, with faint roasted notes. It smells like hot chocolate with a touch of Ovaltine.
This time I brewed 1.5tsp/225ml for about 1 min at around 90*C.
I think it does a little better brewed for a little less time if you want the chocolate to dominate over the malt. However it was still good. Resteeps well for 4-6 steeps.
I bought this through Aliexpress.
I bought it at this store http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Black-tea-2013-tea-top-small-250g-bulk/1170792688.html
but I am pretty sure this is the same item
and this company is offering a chance to try a sample pack.