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Red Tea

Chi Gan 赤甘

Bright and tender with sweetness of yam and dried Chinese bayberry

Regular price $17.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $17.00 USD

Vintages:

Xiao Chi Gan, Early Spring 2021: Notes of fresh longan, green dates with high clarity of tender sweetness

Da Chi Gan, Mid Spring 2021: Caramelized tree barks with a touch of green apple skin

About This Tea

Chi Gan is an unsmoked red tea from the same prestige terroir as the famous smoked red tea - Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong (Lapsang Souchong). It is sophisticated and sweet.

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  • Origin

    Gua Dun, Tong Mu, Wu Yi Shan, Fu Jian Province, China (~1000-1300m elevation)

  • History and Significance

    This tea is harvested from Tong Mu, one of the coldest tea terroirs in the world. It is home to the most famous and oldest red tea, Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong (Lapsang Souchong), and Chi Gan is an unsmoked version of this Red tea. Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong was the tea that Robert Fortune took from the still off-limits-to-foreigners origin of Tong Mu to India and what later became Darjeeling, ending China's monopoly over tea in the late 1800s.

  • Category

    Category: Red Tea

    Sub-Category: Min Bei Hong Cha

  • Processing

    Red tea is wilted, then after the stems have lost enough moisture to snap, the wilted leaves are rolled vigorously to break the membranes sufficiently. This step allows complete oxidation that will facilitate the fermentation later on. Red tea is rolled for the most extended amount of time among all teas, often for over an hour. The rolled leaves are shaken loose and evenly layered into a bamboo basket and then covered with wet clothes to ferment. Greener leaves are picked out in a tedious picking step before baking dry over charcoal ash. Ti Xiang is a baking technique designed to enhance and purify the tea's aroma without altering its original flavor profile. It is usually done at least three weeks after the tea has been baked. It is a tricky step that many opt to skip because, if not done correctly can quickly ruin an otherwise mediocre tea.

  • Tasting Notes

    Chi Gan showcases the sophisticated sweetness and unique brightness of a high mountain tea. Chi Gan means red and sweet, which speaks truthfully of what the tea is. We taste a bright and tender sweetness of yams and dried Chinese bayberry.

  • Brewing Instructions

    Please see above for the category specific brewing specs for Gong Fu brewing. For brewing in a teapot, mug, or single cup visit this article here.

  • Learn How To Gong Fu Brew

    This foundational course is a great resource to help you understand the methods and motions of Gong Fu Brewing.