Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea Leaves
Flavors
Citrus, Malt
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 34 oz / 1000 ml

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From Song Tea & Ceramics

Song Red is our creation, using different cultivars to create a balanced, aromatic and sweet tea with notes of honeydew, maple syrup, and orange.

The tea comes from a beautiful, organic garden located near Songxi Township, Fujian Province. The natural biome of this garden is particularly diverse, with rows of tea plants interspersed with other trees and bushes. On particularly warm or sunny days, the natural contours of the garden and trees provide shade. But the garden’s location in northern Fujian also blankets the tea plants in mist and fog in the late afternoons.

The garden also boasts a diverse range of tea cultivars, five of which was used to craft this tea. The base tea is a “cai cha” – a small leaf cultivar that makes the tea sweet. The other four are traditionally oolong cultivars: jin mudan (gold peony), huang guanyin (yellow goddess of mercy), jin guanyin (gold goddess of mercy), and meizhan. All four oolong cultivars contribute to the tea’s fruit and floral notes. All teas were picked in mid-April 2017.

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[I DID NOT FOLLOW THE BREWING INSTRUCTIONS]

I’m making this at work, looking for fancy teas that can be used as everyday teas. I’m slowly working my way through various tea shops, online and local, and using Steepster to keep track of it all. Song Red was one of the less expensive offerings at Song Tea so I thought I’d give it a whirl. At work, I have a 1 liter tea pot with a fairly sizable basket for the leaves to sit in and an electric kettle with good temperature control.

Since the instructions called for a greater quantity (at least twice as much) of tea leaves than I wanted to use every day, I decided to see what it was like with 1.5 teaspoons per cup of water. As you might expect, the tea came out rather weak using a one-minute brew time.

First I tried five minutes and that still came out a bit weaker than I like. Then I read that, even under the optimal brewing conditions, the tea needs some extra time so I kicked it up to six minutes. This tea was much more satisfying. It’s not as sweet as described but I was happy with it.

I have not yet tried this tea using the brew instructions. I’d expect that it would benefit.

Flavors: Citrus, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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