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Jin Qu Hong Mei

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  • “If I were to judge this tea by the look of the leaves alone, I would put it toward the top. The leaves are not as beautiful as Verdant Teas' Laoshan Black, but that is what they are probably...” Read full tasting note
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From Bird Pick Tea & Herb

Origin: Zhejiang
Brew: Mahogany
Type: Black
Flavor: A delightful harmony of fruity, floral and bittersweet melodies

Description: Jiu Qu Hong Mei Black Tea is a rare and famous tea from Zhejiang province of China. It is named for the "red plum” color of its brew. Fully translated to "Nine Winding Red Plum,” this tea rivals other high quality teas since it is pick by the “two leaves and a bud” principle. Its leaves are long and slender have initial impressions of fruity and bittersweet flavors, but then a light melody of floral flavors emerge once it is consumed entirely. It can be enjoyed with sugar and as a milk tea.

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If I were to judge this tea by the look of the leaves alone, I would put it toward the top.
The leaves are not as beautiful as Verdant Teas’ Laoshan Black, but that is what they are probably aspiring to. I’d almost say that this tea aspires to be Laoshan Black (though, I can’t say for sure, since I’ve only had the latter in a blend, but still got a good idea about it).

Nonetheless, I find it to be a solid, enjoyable black tea. It is slightly earthly, perhaps a bit floral, and only a hint of astringency that is of course enjoyable in a black tea. It seems to be one that would be a good base for blends, etc.

Today, I went ahead and made a full pitcher of it iced, plucked 6 lemons from our tree in the backyard and squeezed them in, added some brown sugar, and voila, fresh ‘Arnold Palmer’. It was a perfect balance of earthy, sour, refreshing, and slightly sweet.

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