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The category of China dark tea is shrouded in mystery. They are almost never seen in the West. Dark teas from Hunan Province steep up medium-bodied, very smooth, and usually with a natural sweet note as opposed to the dark earthiness of puer. Technically, dark tea is a tea that has gone through a secondary fermentation process.
This dark tea from Hunan province of China, is medium to full-bodied, very smooth, with a delicious dusty rose flavor and aroma. Contains dark tea and rose petals. Comes in approximately 3-5 gram pressed tea pieces. Use one piece in a mug and steep for 1 to 2 minutes, or use one in a larger pot, 12 oz to 20 oz, and steep 3 to 5 minutes.
Notes: All tea may be steeped at least twice and still retain most of its flavor. Also, for stronger flavor add more tea, not time, because teas may taste bitter if over brewed.
What is Dark Tea?
There are six categories of tea: black, oolong, green, yellow, white, and dark tea. Dark tea is an aged tea from China which has gone through a secondary fermentation process. Puer is a sub-category of dark tea.
What does it taste like?
The aroma of dark tea may be slightly earthy, but this typically does not carry over to the flavor. Dark tea can be light to full bodied. It is smooth, with a noticeable sweet, floral flavor.
Where does it come from?
The manufacture of dark tea dates back to the 1500s. Most dark teas come from three counties (Anhua, Yiqang, and Linxing) in Hunan Province of China.
How is it made?
Two processing steps distinguish dark tea: pile fermenting (oxidizing) and pine fire drying. Dark tea undergoes an aging process in which bacteria reacts with the leaves, changing the chemistry, flavor, aroma, and appearance of the leaf. The specifics of aging are closely guarded trade secrets.
Dark tea vs. Puer tea
Dark tea is not the same as puer tea. Puer is only made in Yunnan province and is known for its earthy aroma and flavor. Dark tea is from the Hunan province and tends to be lighter, sweeter, and less "in your face" than puer. While both teas are aged, dark tea is not aged for extended periods of time, as is puer. Dark tea is meant to be consumed at the time of purchase. Both puer and dark tea are probiotic, although the specifics differ.
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