Results: A unique tea with all the flavors of a Yunnan red tea and something special added to the mix. Notes of dark chocolate had me drinking the hell out of it. If you’ve not tried a “purple” tea yet, this is the one to get!
Vendor: Yunnan Sourcing (use this link for $5.00 off your first order)
Origin: Jinggu County, Yunnan Province, China
Tasting: 7grams | 175ml | 212° | R5-10-15-20-25-35-45-60
Gong-Go Gear: Tangpin 175ml Black Teapot
Average number of infusions: 7
As an artist, I love color and always on the lookout for unique teas to feature in my art. When I first found out about “purple” tea I, of course, jumped on the bandwagon. My first experience with Wild Tree Purple Moonlight White from Yunnan Sourcing blew me away. If I had to pick one tea to be stranded on a desert island with, right now it would be the one. My second go with a purple tea was processed like a green and in all honesty, probably the worst tasting tea I can recall at the moment.
Yunnan’s “Zi Cha” however has been another favorite for the last few months. Since I’m was down to my last two sessions I thought it time to give this tea a review. If you’re not familiar with purple teas, the simplest definition is tea with a tan. Like humans who produce melanin to protect against ultraviolet light, camellia sinensis makes anthocyanin for the same reason, adding a distinct note to the flavor profile and a unique color to its leaves.
I’ve not been able to find an accurate description for the special notes given off by purple tea. I can say that when there is too much of it I don’t care for it. In this tea, though it was perfectly balanced with the maltiness typically found in Yunnan red teas along with some serious dark chocolate notes. Together they combine to produce a distinct brew that captured my taste buds. I couldn’t get enough of it and had to control myself so that I’d have some left for this review. Fans of purple tea or anyone looking to try one for the first time can’t go wrong with this offering from Yunnan Sourcing.
Rich notes of hay and caramel.
Deep purple uniform whole leaves
Bright red with a hint of purple in the right light
A perfect blend of traditional Yunnan red and unique purple tea notes
Slick and mouthwatering
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 1 :
Malty with a faint astringency at the back of mouth & sweetness around the edges.
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 2 – 3:
Thicker with notes of dark chocolate.
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 4 – 5:
Lost some of its punch but the chocolate notes are still there.
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 6-7:
Much lighter with faint hay notes.