Yunnan Sweet Black Needles - 90 grams tin
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This is an exquisite black tip tea from Mang Bai Organic Plantation in Yunnan.
An exquisite sweet black tea - this tea is all about the taste. A complex taste. The tea releases its flavour gradually from the unfurling tips. It can be brewed 2, 3 or more times.
Packed on the Yunnan plantation in sealed aluminium bags, capturing the tea's freshness. Flown in directly from China to Bespoke Tea Company in Mornington. Then packed immediately into sealed pouches as soon as we break open the individual foil bags.
Water temperature: 95 Celsius
Brewing time : 1 to 3 minutes
Dosage: 2 tsp / 200 ml
Drinking temperature: 55 to 80 Celsius
Chinese black teas - or 'red' teas as they are known in China - can be prepared in the western manner. Brew with boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes, and add milk (best not to) as you desire.
But we recommend that you brew the tea in small volumes as per the Chinese Gong Fu way. The first brew being for 20 seconds - the water is then discarded and not actually drunk. It just cleans the tea and allows the leaf to open up ready for the second brew. The successive brews can be for 1 to 3 minutes, or longer. There are no hard rules !
But please, sip the tea and discover its complexity. Drink it whilst it is around 60 C if you want to take in every nuance. Patience is the key to fully enjoying Chinese and Japanese teas.
" I was a Tea Buyer at the Lipton Tea Company in the USA in the early 1990's. When I used to visit Yunnan I learned to drink Chinese teas as the Chinese drink them. Lots of leaf, just a little water, and short brewing times. No milk added. And be patient " - Tony Laurent