Qi Men Hong Cha (Keemun)
$15.00 – $46.00
Sweet with aroma of honey and rose. Full body with gentle tannins
Known as black tea in the West, red tea is one of the most commonly produced style of loose leaf tea in the world. A well-made red tea by definition is fully fermented – all enzymes exhausted – making it the sweetest, smoothest category. A properly crafted red tea will not be unpleasantly astringent like many associate with a strong black tea. Instead, it’s naturally sweet with full body and creamy tannins.
Qi Men Hong Cha means red tea from Qi Men, a township in China. This style of tea and its location are noted amongst China’s Famous Teas. Qi Men Hong Cha is a very aromatic red tea with notes of honey and rose. Qi Men belongs to the greater Huang Shan mountain range and produces teas with the signature savory and elegance of the terroir.
Health benefits: includes Catechins and Epicatechins which are antioxidants. These compounds belong to a group of plant chemicals called Flavonoids. This red tea is rich in polyphenols, a natural antioxidant. The amino acid L-Theanine is also present. Caffeine is present in Qi Men.
Glass, porcelain or clay tea ware (gaiwan/teapot) is recommended. Heat the water to 100°C/212°F. First, warm the teacup and gaiwan/teapot. Rinse the tea quickly with hot water and pour out prior to the first steep.
Gaiwan: Use 5g for 100 ml. 1st to 5th steep 3 secs. 6th to 9th steep 7 seconds.
Teapot (glass, porcelain or clay): Use 5g for 150 ml. Steep 25 seconds. Add 10 seconds each additional steep.