Jiu Qu Hong Mei Black

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  • “Thanks for the samples, Bird Pick! The leaves here look tasty – long dusty black and wiry, with the scent of something fruity like plums or cherry. But the flavor is a bit of a let down. It’s...” Read full tasting note
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  • “So I took out the package of this to try some earlier. Ate some soup, and then looked all over for the package. I could not find it anywhere, I circled my apartment a dozen times and even went so...” Read full tasting note
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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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Thanks for the samples, Bird Pick! The leaves here look tasty – long dusty black and wiry, with the scent of something fruity like plums or cherry. But the flavor is a bit of a let down. It’s very light and kind of like Ceylon which isn’t my favorite at all. The light brown brew is slightly bready with HINTS of those stone fruits with a bit of tanginess but otherwise tough to describe. I’m not doing this one justice at all, but I don’t think I have the love enough to do this one justice. I SHOULD love this one more, just for the stone fruits alone, but it doesn’t come together well enough for me. It’s the Ceylon type flavor that throws it for me. Maybe figuring out how to steep it perfectly would help.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsps. for 11 ounce mug // 13 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep

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So I took out the package of this to try some earlier. Ate some soup, and then looked all over for the package. I could not find it anywhere, I circled my apartment a dozen times and even went so far as to check the freezer even though I didn’t even go in there today. Finally, I decided to check the box with the rest of the samples. Lo and behold, there it is. I spent 10 minutes making myself crazy, mumbling curses to the thieving gremlins under my breathe, and it was properly put away the whole time.

I sweetened it, like I do almost all of my black teas, and yum. This is malty and fruity. Deep dark dried cherries, craisins, and prunes. Thick sweet seductive and sinful. The flavor coats your mouth and lingers a while, awakening your taste buds and leaving them pleased. There’s a sort of dark brown sugar like taste here, like a thinned out molasses. Yum! I’m not getting much floral from this, which is fine by me. I think the sweetening helped bring out the fruity and dim the floral. And just like that, POOF, the cup is gone.

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