Hong Mao Feng (Tong Keng, Qi Men, Lake Spring 2015)

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea, Black Tea Leaves, Black Teas
Flavors
Nutmeg, Oak wood, Roast nuts, Vanilla
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “I’m new to tea and this tea started the new obsession. I first enjoyed this in NYC when I visited Tea Drunk and did a tasting. It has an earthy, woodsy taste to start with nutmeg and roasted nuts...” Read full tasting note
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Song Luo is name of a legendary tea from Ming Dynasty. One of the fascinating things about Chinese culture is the continuity of sentiments through things that transcends time, such as the language itself. Though Song Luo is a tea that has ceased to exist for centuries, the name and the location of where this tea once was produced, still carries sentimental value from its glorious days. Nowadays Song Luo is used to call teas that are made into pearl shape, green or red. Note that even though like Mao Feng, this is a style named after a famous tea, the original tea no longer exist and frankly we are not even sure if it was ever pearl shape.

Hong Song Luo means a red tea made into the Song Luo form and mostly used by new style red teas in Qi Men (Keemun). Usually when a tea region is situated in a highly scenic mountain with amazing geological formations, like Yellow Mountain or Wu Yi Shan, the more a location is“in” the scenic center, the more desired its tea is. After all, “the most prime (tea) of them all are born out of rotten stone”. – Lu Yu. In the case of Qi Men Hong Cha, this mountain is the protected area of Gu Niu Jiang. The most expensive village for Qi Hong, Li Xi, is right at the edge of Gu Niu Jiang.

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I’m new to tea and this tea started the new obsession. I first enjoyed this in NYC when I visited Tea Drunk and did a tasting. It has an earthy, woodsy taste to start with nutmeg and roasted nuts behind it. There’s a very slight sweetness to it that reminds me of vanilla. I got about five steepings out of it. While I brewed this at 195, a little lower would probably be fine as the first steeping tasted a little bitter to me, but the second steeping tasted just as it had when it was served to me. Highly recommended. Tea Drunk’s price point is a bit high ($24/25g) so I may try this type from other vendors and see if it’s just NYC pricing or if that’s to be expected.

Flavors: Nutmeg, Oak wood, Roast nuts, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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