The golden tips organic red tea comes from Yunnan and its main feature is to be made of relatively little leaves. This factor, obtained by an early harvest, allows to have a product with a faster flavors extraction during the stepping time and, so, an infuse with an intense taste in a shorter amount of time. Moreover the smaller leaves tend to develop less compounds with a tannic flavor during the processing of total oxidation expected for red teas.
After these consideration we can easily understand why the infuse of golden tips gives immediately quite an intense taste, in this case, mostly characterized by a cocoa sweetness. Going on with a more accurate tasting it is also possible to notice some little oxidized vegetal traits in the product and another tipe of sweetness, a bit more sour and so associable with some little red fruits like raspberry.
Place of origin
After the harvest the leaves wither under the sunlight for a certain period of time depending on the tea master wisdom before going through a bending phase. The leaves are pressed and rolled to mix the vegetal juices in their and so cause the beginning of the oxidation process. In this case the tea leaves are exposed to a progressive increase of temperature during the oxidation phase and, after the leaf has reached its typical dark brown color, the last humidity is dried out. After some days the tea is ready to be consumed.
We invite you to brew this tea in the traditional Chinese style (gong fu cha) in order to extract more from your leaves. Following this preparation you could use 5.5 grams of leaves (about 4 teaspoons) in a gaiwan of 100 ml so you can obtains more infusions with different flavors. After a brief rinse of the leaves in a 90°C water you can go with a first infusion of 10 seconds and, after that, at the same water temperature, you can do multiple infusion adding 10 seconds every steeping time (10 – 20 – 30…)
These leaves could be steep about 6 times.
To prepare the tea in the western style we suggest 3 grams of leaves (about 2 teaspoons) in a 150 ml cup with 90°C water for a steeping time of one minute and a half.
The tea could be filtered if you want to avoid some little piece of the leaves during the tasting time and also the steeping time we recommend here could be modify on your personal preferences.
We recommend you to store this tea in a dry and cool place avoiding the direct sun light on the leaves.