2020 Red Dawn | Black Tea
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This black tea has a full and vibrant mouthfeel with savory, earthy flavors that will stay with you from dawn till dusk. Steep it strong for breakfast or nuanced in your gaiwan.
Red Dawn is made with a traditional oolong cultivar, Huang Jin Gui (or known to the locals as Huang Dan = “yellow morning”), but is heavily oxidized into what we would recognize as a black tea - or which the Chinese refer to as a “hong cha” (“red tea”).
This is a trend that started in Taiwan (popularized with “Ruby 18”) and is now being explored in China as well. This tea goes through a unique step in the process – after rolling the leaves, the tea is wrapped in wet cloth bundles and allowed to oxidize in the sun, creating its own micro-climate inside. This change from the more traditional methods of oxidation create a tea that is both familiar, but with new intensity that makes it easy to say nice things about it. Red Dawn is made by Mr. Lin Rui Fu in Luo Yan village, Anxi county, Fujian province.
Ingredients: black tea
Suggested Steeping Instructions
5 grams | 12 oz water | 212°F | Steep 5 min.
Traditional Steeping Instructions
6 grams | 6 oz water | 212°F | Rinse 5 sec. | Steep 30 sec.
Number of Cups
2 oz makes 19 cups, 4 oz makes 38 cups, 1 lb makes 151 cups