Lost City - Qimen Gong Fu Red Tea - 2 oz.
A superbly balanced small-leaf red tea with complex flavors of maple-nut maltiness, hints of rose, unsweetened cocoa and slight smokiness. The jammy body leaves flavor and sensation throughout the entire mouth with different areas of the palette registering the complex flavors. Masterful processing and superior leaf grade are detected through the perfect balance of bittersweetness, light astringency and moisture. The consistent dark black color of the leaves speaks to the consistency of flavor and aroma throughout many steepings. The small leaves are ideal for gongfu brewing as the quality of this wonderful tea can be explored through brewing technique and quantity.
Qimen Hongcha (red tea) is produced exclusively in Qimen county of Huangshan city in Anhui province. This tea was first produced in the late 1800's and became popular in the West, where it is still used in many blended teas. The cultivar used for Lost City is the same used for Huangshan Maofeng, an older, well-known variety of green tea, while the techniques used for Qimen Hongcha were developed by Fujian farmers starting in 1875. There are many varieties of Qimen, with different production techniques, while most of them undergo slow withering and oxidation, yielding the unique nuanced flavor and aroma. We are very happy with this variety and hope you enjoy it tremendously.