Friday, October 2, 2020

Tea Review: Lively Tea Instant Fuzhuan Heicha (Zhenxi)

Lively Tea/轻轻茶 Instant Fuzhuan Heicha
Type: Heicha
Origin: China, Hunan Province
Product Description: Not provided.

Temperature: 208° F
Tea Amount: .5 gram (single packet)
Water: 6 ounces

The red-brown liquor is clear with an aroma that is rich with notes of roasted chestnuts and a hint of earthiness.  The taste is roasty with notes of nut shells and a mild bitterness toward the back that reminds me of coffee.

Per the company website, this instant fuzhuan heicha is a concentration of 8 grams of leaf into 1 gram of powder containing approximately 2.1 million cfu of jin hua (golden flower/Eurotium cristatum) probiotics. There is no stirring necessary and no residue. Unlike some of the other instant teas I've tasted, this does have some of the heicha character. While I much prefer loose leaf heicha, this is a very handy mess-free and travel-friendly alternative that I would drink again.

I received this sample during a presentation at World Tea Expo. At the time of this review, it is not available in the North American market.

This tea was provided as a free sample without guarantee of a review.

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