Hei Cha

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Hay, Mushrooms, Sweet
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205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 45 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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This “Dark” tea from Hunan province comes in small pieces approximately 1 inch square and breaks in half to brew a cup. It steeps up medium-bodied with buoyant, fresh, clean, sweet earthy notes in the aroma and taste. You should infuse the same leaves many times. A delicious and unique tea.

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I used a serrated knife to cut this cube in half, which worked well. This tea is sweet in an earthy, straw-like way, and a perfect all-day sipping tea. It’s also impossible to over-steep—I left some going for maybe 15 minutes and it was still delicious and not at all bitter. I’m really excited to have this more—it’s really everything I could want…

Boiling 8 min or more

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Not really a puerh tea because it’s from Hunan province. This is the first Dark tea I’ve ever tried, and still my favorite. I’ve even served it to friends who are new to post-fermented teas, and they loved it too.

It comes in the form of cubes (probably from a Fu Cha brick) with plenty of “Golden Flower” fungus between the layers of leaf. I broke a cube in half with my puerh knife and gave it a rinse with almost boiling water. Then I brewed it in my 175ml clay pot for 4 minutes with 200 degree water.

This is so easy to drink! The brew is a clear, bright dark brown, with only a subtle aroma and medium body. It’s mellow but fresh and woodsy, with a little earthy umami feeling. It’s very pleasant on the stomach, too.

After the first try, I’ve been brewing a whole cube in 8 oz. of water just under the boil, since it takes about 4 min. each time. You can get at least 4 good infusions by increasing the time as you go along. Perfect to drink any time, all the time!

Unfortunately, I don’t think you can get this from Tea Source anymore. I bought a bunch when I noticed it was being discontinued. It will probably age well.

Flavors: Hay, Mushrooms, Sweet

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea comes in cubes and brews up to a medium dark color (reminds me of a darker Indian tea in color) but turns pitch black the longer it sits. It starts off with an earthy flavor but finishes like caramel. I have come to like this Hunan version of Pu-ehr much more than even expensive puehr tea cakes, and it is priced far more reasonably than puehr.

200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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