Review: ThepuriTea Hong Jing Luo

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Thumbs up!"There's a sweet, wet start to the sip that also offers up woody, slightly earthy and very sweet notes along with hints of tobacco. Dryness pulls along with the sip and rounds out with the nice astringency in the close."
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This offering from The Puritea is another one that makes me smile in appreciation of the aesthetic of tea preparation. This black tea is a beautiful Chinese tea - the longer leaves are dark chocolate and golden ochre in color and have been tied and twisted like fat, handrolled pretzels that are then sort of flattened. The pretty appearance of this tea is one that you will want to share with your tea drinking partner(s) or at least spend a little time enjoying yourself before preparing.

I used a teaspoon of these little knotted leaves per 8 ounces of water, heated the water to about 205 and allowed a three and a half minute steep. I did not sweeten the first infusion of this tea. The liquor brews to a coppery orange cup and is very flavorful even hot from the freshly poured cup. There's a good body while at the same time the overall effect is of lightness and elegance. There's a wonderful light astringency to the close that accentuates the sweetness of the tea and plays out the dryness that is also part and parcel of this cup. The body is medium, I suppose, and there's a sweet, wet start to the sip that also offers up woody, slightly earthy and very sweet notes along with hints of tobacco. Dryness pulls along with the sip and rounds out with the nice astringency in the close.

I thought this was an excellent black tea. It's got the body you might look for in a morning cup but also a delicacy that would make it fine for late afternoon sipping or even an evening cup if you are not caffeine sensitive. The second infusion, unsurprisingly, is not only worth it, but it's very good. It can be allowed a longer steep time without harming the flavor and tastes well both with or without sweetening. I found adding a little liquid stevia to the second longer infusion brought out warm, caramel like flavors that I am a real sucker for in a decent Chinese black tea.

Enjoyable!!

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