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.
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Guo Wen Min
How long have you been growing tea and what got your started?
I have worked in tea area for 40 years. I started to work when I was 18. My parents and my grandparents are all working in the world. We all love tea.
Can you describe a typical day out in the field?
I get up at 6 and cook breakfast for my family. I go out to the tea mountain around 8:00am. I climb the mountains and pick up the tea leaves. Then I will send the leaves to the village factory in the afternoon. Normally I can finish my work around 4pm.
What is your favorite part of growing tea?
I love tea. My happy moment is when I deliver the tea leaves in the afternoon, the factory manager always gives me a cup of tea. I love to drink the tea made by my tea leaves. It is a special black tea made by Taiwan oolong. I love it.
Conversely, what is the hardest part of your job?
I have to climb the mountains to pluck the tea leaves. My knees are not very good these years. I don't know how long I can work. I don't want to leave my tea mountain and tea world.
Are there any tips you can give on how to best brew your tea? Any advice?
Please use gongfu tea set or yixing ceramic teapot to brew this beautiful tea. You will feel pleasant and relax especially when you are tired or after hard work. Hope you will like my tea.
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