Feng Qing "China Red" Yunnan Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea Leaves
Flavors
Bread, Cacao, Cinnamon, Cranberry, Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Malt, Pear, Red Apple, Red Fruits, Tannin, Almond, Blackberry, Blueberry, Butter, Caramel, Chocolate, Cream, Earth, Geranium, Grapes, Herbaceous, Honey, Menthol, Mineral, Orange Zest, Peanut, Plum, Smoke, Straw, Sugarcane, Violet
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 g 11 oz / 335 ml

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  • “Spring 2023: Lovely winey black tea. Not unlike a good Keemun, with perhaps less orchid/rose florals and with more cinnamon notes. Very fruity with plum and dark grape notes, hints of chocolate,...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Spring 2023 harvest. Brewed western style, lightly sweetened. Wet tea leaves give off a sweet tangy red fruit and dark chocolate aroma, akin to a nice red wine. Tea tastes of dried red fruits,...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This was another of my fall 2020 sipdowns. I wanted to end my day with a review of a very unique tea, and I figured that posting this one would do. This black tea from Feng Qing Dian Hong in...” Read full tasting note
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From Yunnan Sourcing

This tea is crafted from a unique hybrid of local Assamica varietal and Wu Yi Shui Xian varietal grown in the Feng Qing area of Lincang for more than 40 years. It’s referred to as “Zhong Guo Hong” (China Red).

Natural environment, mature trees, assamica/shui xian hybridized varietal, and unique processing all come together to create an incredibly distinctive tea that is both memorable and pleasurable to drink.

The taste is ultra-thick and there are notes of malt, chocolate, and fruit. This is a versatile tea that you can push a little bit (use more leaf, 100C water, and/or longer steeping time), or brew lighter for an easy-going session. Would also work really well if you want to do bowl tea.

Very infusable!

April 2018 Harvest

Feng Qing area of Lincang (Yunnan)

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Spring 2023: Lovely winey black tea. Not unlike a good Keemun, with perhaps less orchid/rose florals and with more cinnamon notes. Very fruity with plum and dark grape notes, hints of chocolate, and buttery texture. Yes, this one is a joy to drink!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Spring 2023 harvest.

Brewed western style, lightly sweetened.

Wet tea leaves give off a sweet tangy red fruit and dark chocolate aroma, akin to a nice red wine.

Tea tastes of dried red fruits, cranberry, red apple, malt and cacao, with a pleasant hint of tannins. It’s very smooth, not too dark or bitter. There’re hints of cinnamon, pear and freshly baked wheat bread in the background, and a nice, slightly dry lingering finish.

I’ll have to update this review as I experiment with time, temperature and method. This tea was medium-light in body, though I’m sure with hotter water and more time it could be heavier and more tannic.

Overall a delicious tea. I’m very fond of teas with a red fruit flavor and this delivers that in spades, balanced with gentler malt, pear and bread notes.

Flavors: Bread, Cacao, Cinnamon, Cranberry, Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Malt, Pear, Red Apple, Red Fruits, Tannin

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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This was another of my fall 2020 sipdowns. I wanted to end my day with a review of a very unique tea, and I figured that posting this one would do. This black tea from Feng Qing Dian Hong in Lincang was produced from a hybrid of local Feng Qing Assamica and Shui Xian plants from Wu Yi Shan. The result was a very interesting and satisfying tea that maintained some of the characteristics I typically associate with Wu Yi Shui Xian and stood apart from the more familiar Feng Qing black teas.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a quick rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 fluid ounces of 194 F water for 5 seconds. This infusion was followed by 17 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 7 minutes, and 10 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves emitted aromas of cinnamon, straw, honey, sugarcane, and malt. After the rinse, new aromas of smoke, roasted almond, and roasted peanut emerged along with a subtle geranium scent. The first infusion then introduced a pear aroma and a subtle apple scent. In the mouth, the tea liquor presented notes of cinnamon, baked bread, butter, straw, honey, malt, and roasted almond that were backed by hints of red apple, smoke, blackberry, plum, sugarcane, horehound, and red grape. The majority of the subsequent infusions added aromas of red grape, blackberry, mulberry, blueberry, plum, baked bread, violet, and chocolate as well as a subtle scent reminiscent of horehound. Stronger and more immediately detectable notes of red apple, blackberry, red grape, sugarcane, and plum emerged in the mouth alongside mineral, earth, violet, roasted peanut, pear, cream, chocolate, mulberry, caramel, and orange zest impressions. There were also hints of geranium, blueberry, and menthol that were especially noticeable on the back of the throat after each swallow. As the tea faded, the liquor persisted in emphasizing notes of minerals, malt, cream, baked bread, roasted almond, roasted peanut, earth, orange zest, red grape, and pear that were chased by lingering hints of cinnamon, sugarcane, honey, red apple, plum, caramel, blackberry, and menthol.

This was one of the most unique Feng Qing black teas I have ever tried, and that is saying something considering that Feng Qing cranks out some of the most unique and consistently appealing black teas that Yunnan Province has to offer from year to year. I especially appreciated this tea’s unique mix of fruity, floral, and herbal qualities. I am not certain that this tea could stand shoulder to shoulder with some of Feng Qing’s most celebrated offerings, but it was a very likable and appealing tea in its own right. I will definitely be trying more recent productions of it when I get the opportunity.

Flavors: Almond, Blackberry, Blueberry, Bread, Butter, Caramel, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cream, Earth, Fruity, Geranium, Grapes, Herbaceous, Honey, Malt, Menthol, Mineral, Orange Zest, Peanut, Pear, Plum, Red Apple, Smoke, Straw, Sugarcane, Violet

Preparation
6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Sierge Krьstъ

I am looming forward to weird red teas that originated during pandemic. As folk retreated, nature went into overdrive. That in theory would spur unique varieties never to be repeated again

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