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Zi Sun Hong Cha

 

Like the ancient, famed green tea Guzhu Zi Sun, this nutty black tea hails from the small village of Guzhu—in fact, it is produced by the same tea farmer with the same violet-tipped leaves that give these teas their names. While to the uninitiated the round body might suggest a Dian Hong, or the grape-skin astringency far-away Ceylon, it bears some telltale resemblance to its green sibling: the vegetal flavour of haricots verts, a subtle note of cream, and a slight sweetness. An excellent everyday black tea, or for those who enjoy their maltiness with a touch of green.
  • ORIGIN:  Changxing, Huzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • MEANING:  Purple bamboo shoot red tea (zi sun hong cha)
  • CULTIVAR:  Gu Zhu Qun Ti
  • HARVEST TIME:  Spring 2019
  • TASTE:  Nutty, haricots verts, grape skin


Preparation
IN THE TEAPOT
  • Quantity: 6g / 500ml
  • Water temperature: 90°C
  • Infusion time: 3-4 min
GONGFU CHA METHOD
  • Quantity: 3g / 100ml
  • Water temperature: 90°C
  • 4 infusions: 45, 60, 60, 90 sec

For best results in gongfu cha, brew in the traditional gaiwan or in a Yixing teapot. Too high water temperature will burn the leaves, resulting in a bitter taste.

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