Review: Yezi Tea Yi Fu Chun

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Thumbs up!"This addictive tea is deliciously sweet and smooth. Who could resist a mix of dark chocolate, stone fruit and toasted bread? "
Sophie’s Teaview: 9.2/10
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yeziyifunYezi Tea is a company new to me. They are committed to sourcing all organic teas directly from farms in China and Taiwan. They even feature a “Farmers” page on their site and list the provenance of all their teas. This particular offering was grown in the Nanhu mountain range, in the Chinese province of Fujian by Mr Huang Jian. Looking at my sample, the leaves are quite striking. They are pristine, down to their fuzzy covering. Most are a dark chocolate colour but about a third are gold. They have a mild but enticing pipe tobacco, fruit and cocoa scent to them. So far, so good!

I followed the instructions provided for gong fu brewing, infusing 4 grams of leaf in 6 ounces of water, heated to 95 degrees Celsius, for 20 seconds. I’m rewarded with a dark coppery cup, bearing a delicious chocolate, burnt sugar and toast aroma. Taking a sip, the tea is sweet and smooth, tasting quite like it’s scent. There is also a lingering hint of ripe stone fruit to the finish. It’s not terribly complex but it’s yummy, light and refreshing.

The folks at Yezi Tea recommend re-steeping the leaves up to 5 times, adding 10 seconds for each subsequent brew. After 30 seconds, my second cup is just a little astringent, with some tobacco and dark chocolate note coming to the fore. The background remains sweet and sugary as before. This is my favourite infusion of the lot.

I manage to pull three more cups from the leaves. However for the 4th and 5th steeps, I added 20 and then 30 seconds to the brew time to get the most flavour possible. While it's less chocolaty, the tea remains smooth and sweet to the end. A hint of cinnamon emerges, which works well with the remaining malt and tobacco notes.

This addictive tea is deliciously sweet and smooth. Who could resist a mix of dark chocolate, stone fruit and toasted bread? It’s a little pricier than some, but entirely worth it. Plus delivery is free to the US and Canada on orders over 50$. I am definitely looking forward to trying more from this company!

— To purchase Yezi Tea Yi Fu Chun, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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