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Black Tea
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Cocoa, Earth, Honey, Leather, Mineral
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 10 oz / 300 ml

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From Stash Tea Company

The leaves of this beautiful tea are black curls with golden accents, attractive before brewing and especially flavorful after steeping. A sweet, almost honey flavor infuses this black tea from the Panyang region in China. Delightful for day-long enjoyment.

Cups to Grams:
8 grams makes 3-4 cups
25 grams makes 10-15 cups
50 grams makes 20-25 cups
100 grams makes 45-50 cups
1 pound loose makes 180-200 cups
Ingredients: black tea
Steeping Instructions: 3-5 minutes at 190-209 degrees Fahrenheit
Caffeinated: Yes
Country of Origin: China

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Look at this gorgeous tea! That’s right…….I said it. Beautiful black tea with curly, furry leaves. It reminds me of a Black Bi Lo Chun. Not only does it look great it smells great yo! Chocolate notes abound & fill my senses. I was all intent for a fun, yet serious review. Sometimes things don’t work out as planned.

My niece is here from Oregon, and it is great to have here visiting. So, here I was with my tea and ready to get everything right, when she decides to throw trail mix in my Zhen Qu. I said, “NO Brie, don’t!”…….“Stop Brie, you’re ruining my tea!” Of course she continued to fill my tea with various nuts, cranberries, chocolate bits, etc. In the end, I gave up my protest, and eventually laughter filled the air. So I will call this Brie’s Nut Blend tea!

Black tea base was very noticeable….a good quality China black with tremendous nut flavor…actually a pretty good blend. Oddly the liqour transformed from black to milky brown right before my eyes. This blend is alot like Brie…….Fantastic and one of a kind! Like her this blend encompasses lots of spirit. It deserves a very special rating of 86.

Tea drinking can be serious and contemplative. At times, like today, it should also evoke fun and laughter! :)) I’m glad for Brie’s visit here, and the times we’ve shared. She’s leaving soon (Wed), and I’ll miss her dearly, but I’m thankful for the memories!

To be continued…….

Cupped & reviewed: Friday, December 9, 2011.

Off to have another cup of Zhen Qu this late Saturday morning.

OK….lots of chocoloate aromatics in the dry leaf….wet leaf smells of deeper & darker chocolate notes. Nice small, steeped whole leaf. Medium to dark brown in color, the liqour smells so sweet. Mouth feel is full and sweet, with yes, chocolate notes! I really like this tea. It has lots of sweetness with no bitterness…….so delicious!!

Cupped & Reviewed: Saturday, December 10, 2011.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
ashmanra

I have only had the one from Southern Season, but it is fabulous tea. It is the first fine tea at Sandy and I drank together, and one of the first I learned to love with no additions. Sadly, I have run out. Gladly, my son now lives minutes away from Southern Season and is willing to pick up tea for me!

ScottTeaMan

You mean they have Zhen Qu there? Is this the Southern Season you are talking about? :

http://www.southernseason.com/default.asp

Looks like such a great place to shop. Can you sample tea there?! I’ve only seen it a couple places, and here is where I bought mine.:

http://www.stashtea.com/Stash-Tea-Zhen-Qu-Black/dp/B005WKZG7U

It is really a great tea, and I think it is worth the price.

ashmanra

That’s the place! I love it. There is also a fantastic shop, very eclectic, a few stores down that we love called Night Gallery/Branching Out. A trip to Chapel Hill is a big date day for hubby and me, and we get to go soon because we are almost out of wheat! Hooray! We buy that in Wake Forest, but close enough!

I think the Zhen Qu at Stash costs less. Next time I get some I will send you a bit so you can compare the two.

ashmanra

You can see what they sell by clicking on Daily Tea and Fine Tea at the bottom of the list on the left on their home page. It will pull up the PDF of the price lists. Also, if you click on Coffee and Tea about halfway down that first list on the home page, you can find the monthly specials. They always have a special on a fine tea and a daily tea.

ScottTeaMan

Oh, Thank you! It looks like a really great place. I could get lost for hours in that place! :))

E Alexander Gerster

Amazing! I used to go to A Southern Season in the 1980’s when I lived in Raleigh and worked in Carrboro. They had the best selection of coffee and teas in the Triangle area, and I am so glad to see that they are still around.
The Zhen Qu sounds great, and reminds me of the Morning Sun black tea I have on my wishlist from Mandala Tea. So many teas, too little time! :)

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Happy holiday weekend all (to those of you who have a holiday). I plan to get lots of relaxation in as well as some tea drinking. :)

Thanks to ScottTeaMan for sending some of this my way. I never even knew that Stash had loose leaf tea, I guess I’ve never been to their website.

These leaves are very fun to look at, they’re curly and fluffy which shows a bit of love on the part of the maker. I ended up steeping mine at around 205 for 3.5 minutes. It’s a very smooth black tea, with some caramel/honey type flavors similar to what you would find in a golden monkey. I think next time around I will try steeping this for a bit longer because I doubt it will turn bitter very easily and I think my brew needed to be stronger in order to fully get the flavors. There are some definite chocolate notes as well. This was good plain but I also liked it with some soymilk. I’m just now waking up at 10:30 am but this is wonderful cup to start my day. thanks again Scott!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

Your welcome…….I’m glad you like it! It is one of my favorites, and has never been bitter, but I’ve not steeped it longer than 4.5 minutes. This tea reminds me of a black Bi luo Chun visually. I hope I gave you enuff for a few more steeps. :))

TeaBrat

yes, there is more, thank you!

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519 tasting notes

1.5 tsp for 300mL water @100C, steeped three minutes.

Honey and cocoa notes, and a slight aroma of leather and earth. Really good.

Flavors: Cocoa, Earth, Honey, Leather, Mineral

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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