Red Plum Classic has been produced from leaves of Longjing tea bushes since its beginning in mid 19th century. Because of the nature of this unique use of cultivar, it acquires a very different character from most other black tea: tastes and aromas associated more with berries and plums on a foundation that reminds of the savoriness of finer Longjings, albeit the light, yet typical sweetness of finer black teas.
Mild floral fragrance with the warmth of cookies and chocolate accented with berries and plums. Lively, lightly sweet body with accents of berries and an undertone of Longjing savouriness. Refreshing, sweet, lightly citric and floral aftertaste.
For an easy mug of tea, infuse for 7~8 minutes using a ratio of 1g to 130ml of water. Decrease the tealeaves to water ratio but increase the infusion duration when using a 4-cup teapot or larger.
If you prefer to maximise the taste experience, keep infusion time short (30 sec ~ 3 minutes) for the tea’s lively and floral character. Increase the ratio of tealeaves to at least 2g to 100 ml of water. Use an infusion vessel of capacity between 100ml to 250ml.
* We are proud to be able to say that the current harvest has a most outstanding and archetypical taste profile of the original Red Plum Classic.
Finer and safer quality Longjing from the genuine origin has become so high price that there is a high demand for alternatives. Tea Hong’s Longjing Pure is produced deep in the high mountains in a national conservation area away from pollution. Same latitude as Hangzhou, but higher up in altitude. Even more ideal for green tea. Not only does it answer the market need but can also satisfy the connoisseur’s high requirement for taste authenticity. Tea Hong’s Longjing Pure. Purely Longjing.
Unlike other green teas that are prized for plucking early in Spring, the leaves for making a fine Luan Guapian are waited until the young leaf buds are open and quite spread out. It is this growth that gives the leaves the biochemistry that yields enough pectin for the velvety texture and the slightly sweet character. This unique nature is possible only with a special local cultivar — Da Guazi — Big Melon Seed, hence the funny name. If Longjing is too savoury and Taiping Houkui is too “green” for you, Lu’an Guapian is a great alternative of high quality with a different, yet pleasant and lively character.
The natural bouquet of an oolong comes as an integral part of the taste profile, such as that of our Tieguanyin Light. Not only is this coherent “oneness” a factor we tea purists cherish for purity’s sake, but is also perhaps a freshness we all need amongst the overdose of artificiality in modern life. Our Tieguanyin differs from others by being more faithful to the traditional style — less green but more fermented. This is reflected in its relatively more neutral TCM character, a silkier texture and a softer, rounder body.
This is the more affordable alternative for the most sought after Chinese green tea. While some people are willing to pay thousands for a small pack for something authentic harvested the earliest in Spring, Tea Hong brings you what is authentic but slightly later in the season, for similar enjoyment but much less in price. It is, nevertheless, still a first flush — some tea grows slower than others, dependent on the cultivar, horticulture and micro-climate.