Feng Huang Hong Cha

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Caramel, Chestnut, Citrus, Cocoa, Cranberry, Floral, Honey, Malt, Orange Blossom, Roasted Barley, Tart, Walnut
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 5 g 7 oz / 218 ml

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  • “Steeped this 12 times, all while chilling out and listening to Drone Zone from somafm.com A very enjoyable tea and quite a unique experience that I’ve savoured over the months. Next time I brew...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This tea is from Dexter3657. Thanks! :) This is so good. It actually survived in my travel mug during my winter walk really well. It still had nice flavour, and isn’t too strong with a 2 minute...” Read full tasting note
  • “Wow – this is a much better choice today. I LOVE this. Different than other blacks I’ve been drinking. It’s bold and malty (tiniest hint of chocolate) but there are some fruity notes too – I’m...” Read full tasting note
    95
  • “2021 sipdown no. 56 This one is difficult to describe. It has a Taiwanese black sweetness to it, but cut through with almost an oolong floral. I keep flip flopping on whether or not I actually...” Read full tasting note

From Camellia Sinensis

Full of flavor, this typical Chinese black teas is sure to please fans of Sun Moon Lake. Notes of barley sugar and malt combine with fruity (cassis, ground cherry) and slightly tangy notes. Its velvety texture and sweetness offer a real comfort to the soul and taste buds.

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326 tasting notes

Steeped this 12 times, all while chilling out and listening to Drone Zone from somafm.com

A very enjoyable tea and quite a unique experience that I’ve savoured over the months.
Next time I brew this it will probably be a “sipdown”.
See previous tasting notes for more of my thoughts on this tea

100ml purion teapot, 2 tsp, 12 steeps (30s, +15s resteeps)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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2279 tasting notes

This tea is from Dexter3657. Thanks! :)

This is so good. It actually survived in my travel mug during my winter walk really well. It still had nice flavour, and isn’t too strong with a 2 minute steep.

I have to try it in a ceramic mug instead of a stainless travel mug, but so far it’s on my list of “teas to buy”!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Dexter

IMHO Camellia has really nice quality straight teas, you just need to pick the ones to suit your tastes. Happy that you enjoyed this one.

OMGsrsly

Now I’m looking at their website, getting drawn in by all the pretty pictures. :)

Dexter

(I bought a beautiful yixing teapot from them too….)

Sil

so many places to order from…so little time and money for all of them haha

OMGsrsly

I know, right?

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1040 tasting notes

Wow – this is a much better choice today. I LOVE this. Different than other blacks I’ve been drinking. It’s bold and malty (tiniest hint of chocolate) but there are some fruity notes too – I’m getting citrus rather than cherry, but fruity none the less. The citrus notes adds a bit of astringency but more in a flavor way rather than in a bitter way. This astringency is really well balanced with the sweetness.
This has the potential of being added to my “must have list”. This really works for me, fantastic.

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1081 tasting notes

2021 sipdown no. 56

This one is difficult to describe. It has a Taiwanese black sweetness to it, but cut through with almost an oolong floral. I keep flip flopping on whether or not I actually enjoy it. I think I ultimately enjoy other straight black teas over this one.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

I’m having a similar experience this morning with a Keemun that I somewhat like but seems too floral…

Courtney

How odd! Each sip I felt something different haha — I like you, I like you not. :P

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12287 tasting notes

Another delicious black from dexter! operation get under 200 this weekend so i can make a teeny, tiny purchase is in effect! lol. I ended up drinking this one without really stopping to focus on it while doing this dishes this morning. What i can say is that this is somewhere between a fruity tea and a malty tea. It’s got a bit of both happening, though not overwhelmingly so. I really need to place an order with this company soonish…

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5798 tasting notes

I had a gong fu session with this when I realized Camellia Sinensis has instructions on their website for gaiwan brewing. Since I’m still trying to find my footing with it, instructions are helpful.

This was very smooth and malty. No tannins or astringency either. I find when I use about 2 grams of leaf in my 100 ml gaiwan, I don’t get the astringency that I got with some of my other gong fu sessions using more leaf. In fairness, 2 grams is also what the companies recommend for 100 ml so I will probably stick to that at least for teabento and Camellia Sinensis teas unless otherwise instructed.

Other than this being smooth, I don’t remember much because I sorta just enjoyed it while watching Shameless. I didn’t pay much attention but instead just kept steeping and sipping.

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11068 tasting notes

This is my “MVT” – most valuable tea – for the week.

I brewed this one Gong Fu, after first taking it to work with the intention of brewing it there and being told by my manager that this tea was too good to brew at work and I needed to take it home instead and brew it Gong Fu and really focus on the flavours/session. Who am I to tell my manager, the head of research and development for a tea company no!? If he gives me a tea recommendation I generally listen to him; he’s got great taste! Except when it comes to green tea, then I usually just tune him out, haha!

I’m glad he made the suggestion though; I know I definitely would not have been able to brew this at work with the same care and attention and it was a VERY good tea. Like, I enjoyed it more than the shou I had this week that literally caused me to have an emotional breakdown at my desk.

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/BwhuePDHXxb/

I wish I could better convey how amazing the tea was to you, but I think just recapturing my “in the moment” thoughts from instagram will have to suffice because after I finished snapping photos and writing up that instagram blurb it was like all words vanished from my mind and I could only drink tea and be happy. It was delicious, and I steeped this tea fifteen times, literally right down until there was NO MORE flavour coming from the tea at all. My last infusion might as well have just been water…

So here’s what I said on instagram:

“Notes of Sandalwood, malt, black currant, apricot, red wine/muscatel grapes, oak, and soft smoke. Coats and lingers in the back of the throat really long and intensely.”

It’s been a while since I last had a black tea that flavourful and nuanced, and to think that this was a freebie sample that I received from CS and not something I selected myself! It was an amazing selection though, and 100% something I recommend and am going to purchase more of. Just… Damn!

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u11kLhDXsG0&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=75&t=0s

Leafhopper

You might have gotten more out of it than I did, but yes, this tea is amazing. It’s something I hoard for special occasions.

derk

guh, sandalwood is the holy grail of tastes in my tea. do want. 15 steeps for hongcha is crazy.

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268 tasting notes

I’m wistfully savouring the last of this tea, regretting that I didn’t buy a kilo of it. Since there was a little more than an average session’s worth but not enough for two, I put about 7 g of leaf in my 120 ml teapot. I steeped it at 195F for 20, 10, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds.

This tea is sweet, rich, and balanced. I get notes of barley sugar, honey, flowers, caramel, chestnuts, cranberries, malt, and wood. There’s a bit of astringency, especially since I stuffed so much tea in the pot, but it doesn’t detract from the deliciousness. By the third steep, notes of orange blossom, citrus, and a bit of cocoa show up, and walnut skin appears in the aftertaste.

For the next few steeps, the chestnut, honey, and fruity tartness are dominant. Even when it starts to fade, it does it elegantly, without the bitter mineral taste that later infusions of black teas seem to have.

No question, this is the best black tea I’ve had in 2017.

Flavors: Caramel, Chestnut, Citrus, Cocoa, Cranberry, Floral, Honey, Malt, Orange Blossom, Roasted Barley, Tart, Walnut

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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25 tasting notes

Smelling the wet leaves suggest a strong malty/citrusy brew.
Brew is bright orange, smells like flowers, citrus and chocolate syrup!

I am tasting a nice mix of chocolate and lemon, it feels a bit like molasses or commercial chocolate syrup (in a very nice way). the mouthfeel is thin which is nice because i still get those flowers and the tartness makes it uplifting.

overall I’m really liking the balance of flavors and it seems to keep me in a very clear productive state.

One downside might be that it’s linearity/simplicity. But it really doesn’t bore me for casual sipping.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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3294 tasting notes

I have no idea what to say about this tea.
There was immediately a flavor that I didn’t care for, but can’t quite place.
I kept sipping.
Then there was roasted barley, reminding me of some of the herbal teas I used to enjoy.
Then it was almost as if I was drinking a Dancong: roasted florals & grapefruit.
I’m still sipping re-steeps of this interesting tea, sent to me from Sil who got it from Dexter I think. It’s almost like a houjicha now, only tangier, like apricot. Thanks girls!
Now I’m sitting on the camellia sinensis website…just looking around…

__Morgana__

Shapeshifter tea!

Dexter

The Camellia Sinensis website is a hard place to be “just looking around”. I really like all the teas of theirs that I ordered. :))

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