Anxi Ruan Zhi black, also know as Qing Xi or Green Heart, is a very special black tea made from a Taiwan oolong tea cultivar (Ruan Zhi), but grown in the rich soil of Anxi, Fujian, China. Black teas grown in Fujian are known for their depth of cup, and usually offer notes of bittersweet chocolate or cocoa, hints of spice, hops, and sometimes even a wildflower honey sweetness. Here we can detect such influences of terrior, but enhanced with the buttery texture and hints of high mountain floral associated with Taiwan oolong plant cultivars. In a western style brew, initial sips are reminiscent of a cinnamon or cider donut with a sweet spiciness, that gives way to a hint of warm cocoa, layered sweetness, and perhaps a plum blossom finish that is silky smooth. The cup changes as it cools and with each sip, more to savor. Sip this one slowly and enjoy the lingering, elegant notes.
This tea contains a high level of caffeine | Steep at 212° for 2-3 minutes.