Gold Silk Black
Another delicious black tea I stumbled across. With its golden buds and rich body it is balanced beautifully. This and a good book will have you in your Zen place.
$3.00 – $100.99
A small leaf black tea with cocoa notes with a deep body and a mellow finish. The dry leaves contain a profusion of gold from the buds throughout the tea. The fine thread-like leaves are the result of hand-rolling; hence the name and reference to silk. This tea consists mostly of a bud and one leaf with a smaller proportion of a bud with two leaves. The initial bruising/shaking to initiate oxidation takes place on a conveyor belt, following by manual rolling before drying. Final processing is fairly standard for this black, and it is the last stage of “elevating aroma” where there is closer monitoring. The primary tea is laid out on round bamboo trays that slide onto shelves in a heating chamber, set at different temperatures to bring out more of the aroma.
The cultivar name is Gwei Lu No. 1. (Gwei as in osmanthus, but the tea is not scented; Lu as in green.) and comes from Zhaoping county in the Guangxi province.
(1 1/2 tsp (6 gr) to 6-8 oz water)
3-5 minutes @ 205℉
Number of Western Infusions: 2
(1 1/2 tsp (6 gr) to 3 oz water)
10 secs @ 205, add 3 seconds to each infusion.
Number of Eastern Infusions: 4-6