Hong Jing Luo

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 6 oz / 177 ml

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  • “For those who haven’t ordered from thepuritea yet, each of their teas are offered as a 1oz sample, or in quantities of 4oz, 8oz, & 16oz. The sample comes in a little pillow box with 2 foil 1/2...” Read full tasting note
  • “A fantastic black tea – brews up golden/coppery, a bit lighter in color than some black teas I’ve had recently, but, don’t let that fool you. It’s packed with flavor. It is a bit lighter (not so...” Read full tasting note
  • “TERRI! I love this one! Great choice my tea sister! I had this today as my “what new tea am i going to drink to get close to some more sample sizes tea” and it was super delicious. Certainly not...” Read full tasting note
  • “This is another bilochun style black it has loosely curled black nuggets with prominent golden tips. It smells of smokey cocoa. Taste wise it is closer to Teavivre’s black dragon pearls than my...” Read full tasting note

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Fans of Golden Yunnan will love our similarly rich, sweet Hong Jing Luo black tea (also known as Golden Bi Lou). The name Hong Jing Luo roughly translates to “golden, downy feathers;” it was chosen because the tea’s golden leaves and buds are loosely rolled into small coils that are shaped like tiny, delicate feathers. Its aroma, flavor and aftertaste are all incredibly rich and sweet – anticipate notes of raisins, sweet potato, cocoa, brown sugar, malt, roasted pumpkin, dry wood, tobacco and dark brandy. A balancing astringency makes this black tea ideal for pairing with breakfast foods, pumpkin pie or chocolate. Start your day with a cup of Hong Jing Luo, with or without milk, brown sugar and a chocolate croissant.

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301 tasting notes

Comforted by the taste of both malt and caramel in this little gem this morning. Sadly I was also reminded of how much I miss this tea seller. Almost gone now so I really need to find a similar substitution.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

if you find one, please let me know! i am in mourning too. love this tea.

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54 tasting notes

6g tea
16 oz

Not the sweet potato that i remember. a bit astringent but not too bitter. I’ve have migrated a bit lately to drinking black teas iced. I think this one may follow that trend as well.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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19 tasting notes

First Steep

A sweet, full (malty?) smell. Has an almost “candied” taste, though more of a caramel flavor than just sweet; similar to sweet potatoes? A bit of a malty aftertaste.

Malty flavor is quick to overwhelm when drinking too fast. Needs something to go with it; would be good with cookies or muffins, or mixed down with a more bitter black tea.

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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Based on its description, I was expecting a much sweeter tea than thepuriTea’s Hong Jing Luo actually is. But after my jolted expectations subsided, I realized that there was depth in this tea that deserved further exploration. After a couple of tastings, it grew on me, and now I’ve developed a real affection for it. It strikes a wonderful balance between the dry, leathery intensity of a non-smoky Keemun and the mellow, malty smoothness of a Yunnan gold, but with more leather than malt.

Perhaps my tasticles aren’t refined enough to detect all the nuances included in the description, but I definitely get malt, roasted pumpkin, dry wood, and tobacco. There is a certain deep, primordial quality that’s characteristic of a strong Irish twist tobacco, mingled with an oak-wood note.

As for the other, sweeter elements mentioned in the description—raisins, sweet potato, cocoa, brown sugar—I don’t find them. Instead, there’s a subtle spiciness that I find most intriguing. There is sweetness, but it isn’t overt in the first couple of infusions; it’s present mostly in the finish, as the other flavors dominate. In the later infusions the leatheriness recedes and the flavor is mostly a light, malty sweetness. It’s not a tea I drink every day, but when I’m in the mood for it, nothing else will do.

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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89 tasting notes

Smooth, sweet and slight woody/earthy taste.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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29 tasting notes

I had this tea as a free sample that came with my order. It’s pretty great, with a nice body and sweetness to it and I’ve steeped it twice so far (and may squeeze a third or fourth one out still). With this tea I find a little goes a long way, though this may be attributed by the fact I’m not a huge fan of extremely strong teas.

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Golden Luo is what got me interested in specific types of tea many years ago. Currently my favorite black tea, though I wouldn’t steep for the 5 minutes recommended by thepuriTea

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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Well, it’s 85F outside, but I’m still drinking hot tea. Probably not the best decision, but iced tea has never been my thing.

The first time I steeped this tea, I used too much leaf and it came out waaaaay too bitter and astringent. I forced myself to drink it, but I didn’t enjoy it and shied away from it for a couple weeks. This time was much better.

The first steep has a caramel/cocoa taste to it, although it’s not sweet by any means. I kinda think of it as a stronger version of thepuriTea’s Golden Yuunan. I think this would be a really good tea to drink first thing in the morning when it’s a little cooler outside.

The second steep is lighter than the first, more cocoa than caramel. I’m not sure how to describe the aftertaste, but it makes me want to go eat meat. Savory, I guess?

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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