2018 "Drunk on Red with Osmanthus Flower" Sun-Dried Black Tea Cake
Brand: Yunnan Sourcing Tea Shop
This is a blend of black tea from both the Mengku and Feng Qing area of Lincang. Both Autumn harvested black teas processed with sun-drying technique (晒红) . The tea is picked, wilted, fried, bruised by rolling, wet withered, and then finally sun-dried in it's final stage (much like raw pu-erh mao cha).
When sun-drying is applied in the final stage as opposed to heat-drying, the result is a black tea that is more subtle when young, but ages very well over the coming years. Younger sun-dried black teas also tend to steep longer and display more character in the middle to later steeps.
This is a strong black tea with plenty of depth and complexity that will age wonderfully, developing honey sweetness and earthy spice character after just a few years.
The addition of osmanthus flowers adds a unique apricot fruit and butter character to the honey and mineral sweet of the black tea.
100 Grams Per Cake (7 cakes per bamboo leaf tong)
Harvested from Autumn 2018 Tea
Osmanthus Flowers harvested in August 2018