Meizhan Black represents everything we appreciate about black teas from Yunnan. The varietal, Meizhan, originates in the Fujian province, and is well known for its sweetness and high fragrance. We see most of Meizhan coming out of Wuyishan, Fujian where it is made into exceptionally aromatic oolong.
In 1978, The Fengqing Institute of Tea brought Meizhan trees from Wuyishan into Yunnan for research. A small-scale experiment was carried out in the area of Fengqing that investigated the effects that this terroir would have on Meizhan. After nearly 40 years of continuous trials and experimentation, they have made a black tea that maintains the characteristics of the Meizhan varietal, while also expressing the incredible terroir of Yunnan.
The resulting tea is delicious, and a great value for its quality. The structure imparted by the charcoal roasting it sees frames Meizhan’s inherent sweetness, and this tea’s romantic profile – we taste notes of buckwheat honey, cardamom, cooked dates, and neroli. The liquor is a beautiful golden colour: it appears to be a tea for either sunrise, or sundown.
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|Steep time||10 - 60 sec|
|No. of infusions||8|