Jiuqu Hongmei Longjing Black Tea
Jiuqu Hongmei ( jiǔ•qǔ hóng•méi ) 九曲紅梅, aka Red Plum Classic, Nine Bend Red Plum, Longjing Black Tea, Longjing Hongcha
This is an unusual black tea made from the leaves of Longjing cultivars in areas around Hangzhou.
The dry leaves of a fine Jiuqu Hongmei are tightly twisted into thin, brittle curls, matte black, with a hint of the distinctive citric smell of the plum. The liquor carries forth that aroma with the added depth of a black tea. This same fruit acidity is also in the lively and yet light taste, marking it a totally different character than the floral Fujian blacks or the malty and stronger Assam or Yunnan. The acidity and sweetness are balanced with a unique but slight astringency that is more like an oolong than a black.