Saturday, March 9, 2013

Tea Review: Chingwo County China Black Tea (Metropolitan Tea Company)

Chingwo County China Black Tea
Metropolitan Tea Company
Type: Black
Origin: China, Fujian Province
Product Description:  Chingwo County Orange Pekoe is made from locally grown Daibaicha tea bushes. These bushes are renown for their stout full flavoured and origin distinct taste and wiry leaf appearance. The best way to describe the full flavoured taste is to think of a full-bodied red wine with a lovely dry pungent or oaky character.

Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of wood and sweet hay.

The infusion is red, changing to a coppery orange after multiple steepings.  The aroma is honey-sweet with fruity notes and the flavor is oaky and sweet with a short finish.

This is a pleasant tea with a round cup.  It has a mild character that pairs well with food and it stands well on its own.  Most of the distinctive flavor and aroma notes had faded by the third steeping, so you'll want to savor those first two infusions.  I believe it would do quite well steeping longer than 3 minutes.

This was tea was provided as part of a workshop.

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