Gao Cong has the distinction of being a tree. this imparts a woody flavor not found in other cultivars.
The teas produced require some of the highest skill, and can take the longest time (20 hours). they can be potently fruity, floral or herbal.
Rev angel prepared herself for the dreaded second vaccination shot, she had anti-inflammatories on her mind. the turmeric that gives golden milk it’s color is second to none, and when combined with it’s anti-inflammatory cousins, ginger and cinnamon, it’s healthy AF.
Rev angel just received a small load of white teas because 2020 teas were good all around. the most complex of whites she has tasted thus far is Ye Sheng Yue Guang Bai or Purple Moonlight White.
If you favor blacks, try sheng pu-erh. if wuyi “dark dragon”oolongs are your thing, experiment with tippy whites or first flush greens. being truly who you are is about exploring the edges of familiarity and comfort. to tea or not to tea? that’s not even a question.
Like so many people, Rev angel’s introduction to black tea was Lipton. it was good enough to build a youthful tea habit (with evaporated milk, west indian-style,)
Cultivated from naturally-occurring purple tea leaves, purple tea is rich in anthocyanin, the flavonoid that gives food red, blue and purple coloring like red cabbage, black rice, blueberries.
It is said that if you love a pu-erh, buy all you can afford because they only come once and this 2003 aged beauty is almost gone.
The plant naturally grows on cliffs, so is referred to a “yancha” or rock tea. the mineralty is distinctly bright and produces a clean woodsy flavor and a sweet aroma.
The earliest pick of the spring — it tastes of melon, rounding a corner from cantaloupe to green with the brightness of fresh-cut grass on the blades of shears.