Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Yezi Tea Yi Fu Chun


Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: small, dark with lots of golden tips
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 200 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: deep reddish brown

I've been on a big Chinese red tea kick lately so I was excited to dig into this one. The dry leaves were tiny in size but quite beautiful to look at. Golden tips don't seem to add much flavor-wise but they certainly look nice before brewing. The taste was wonderfully complex with fruity notes and a deep yet subtle earthiness. I wouldn't call it malty but there was an interesting grain-like quality that I found very comforting. It was full bodied but there was no bitterness at all. Please don't add milk or sugar to this one! They are really not needed and you would loose a lot of those great nuances. I've tried several selections from +Yezi Tea now and their black teas have definitely been standouts. It's a close tie between this one and their Qing Pin. I really can't choose a favorite between the two.

Yi Fu Chun sample provided by Yezi Tea.