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Yunnan Sourcing Feng Qing Black Tea Mini Bricks

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark, tightly compressed
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: celadon gongfu teapot
Liquor: dark reddish brown

Some of you might remember that I did a Tandem Tea Tasting with this tea a few years ago. I picked up a bag of these bricks on a recent +Yunnan Sourcing order so I thought it might be time to do a formal review. At $8.50 for a 100g bag you really get a lot of bang for your buck. I just had to throw in a few extra toys to make the shipping worth it. I used a gaiwan the time that I had this tea so I went with my celadon gongfu pot instead. It took a good rinse and a couple of rounds for the leaves to really open up. Once they did, the flavor just kept going and going. The taste was earthy sweet with notes of cacao and a hint of maltiness. I even started getting a bit of savory sweet potato. The combination had a really comforting affect. There was no bitterness but a bit of tannic astringency added a refreshingly clean finish. This a perfect cold weather tea. When I drank it I was snowed in and crunching deadlines. Each pot helped me get all of that writing done.

Feng Qing Black Tea Mini Bricks purchased from Yunnan Sourcing.

A photo posted by Nicole Martin (@teaformeplease) on Jan 27, 2015 at 12:26pm PST

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.