Honey-Scented Red (Mixiang Hongcha) Mount Hehuan, Taiwan. Summer 2017
The natural sweetness of this black tea relies on the unlikely help of a pest insect–the Tea Leaf Hopper, whose bites cause the plant to emit aromatics unfavorable to the insect but delightful the human palate.
Forget all assumptions about English black tea blends or bitter brews. No milk, no sugar is required. Highly recommended for whole leaf tea newbies, it too makes a wonderful, sweet cold brew.
Great for: everyday drinking, lovers of tea with a sweeter profile
Flavors: honey, stone fruits
Brewing Vessels: all kinds work well
Brew Temp: 195°
Brew time: 2 minutes