Style: Black Blend
Origin: Fujian Province, China
Description: This tea exemplifies a traditional black tea as it would have been in the 17th century, when great caravans of camels - referred to as “ships of the desert” - were transporting tea from China to Russia. China Caravan brings together a Keemun and Ti Kwan Yin Oolong to reincarnate this traditional blend, as Chinese tea makers would have crafted in response to a growing demand for black tea. This unique sipping experience invites your mind to wander off to a time of tea chests and footprints across great plains.
Tasting Notes: This tea begins soft and rich and each sip offers new layers of complexity. A fruity floral perfume wafts up from the cup like wandering through a garden in the height of summer blooms. The steep is smooth with a burgundy liquor characteristic of the high grade Keemun, also known as “King of Red Tea.” Hints of pine and cinnamon, pair with toasted honeyed hazelnuts. A rose petal astringency unfolds with the leaves. The enriching flavours leave a delicate dry sweet linger. A second steep offers deeper toasty mineral notes. This tea would pair well with savory rice dishes, such as curry or stirfry.
Method 1: 2g per cup. 100ºC water. Steep 3-4 minutes.
Method 2 (Inspired by Gong fu style, using more tea and shorter steep time): 5g per cup. Rinse quickly with 90ºC water. Steep 1.5-2 minutes with 100ºC water. Resteep.
For both methods, leaves will offer several steeps.
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