During this quarantine, some of us (I am calling myself out here) spent some time on the couch. Others, like Hello Tea Baby, decided to come up with a way of making tea through sun power fermentation. I really feel like I was slacking a bit with my work, couch, and tea routine that I established while others are experimenting with tea and fermentation techniques. They reached out to me to try their best seller Huadan Black tea, describing it as a kind of new specie. They combine oolong techniques and used the power of the sun for fermentation, resulting in a clean finish taste and the ability to brew over 6 times. Here are my thoughts:
Huadan (Red Dawn) Black Tea: The aroma of the brew seemed a bit savory and tannin-y at first. it then developed into a slightly creamy aroma with hints of fruitiness. The dry leaf had the appearance of thin leaves (which makes sense due to the sun fermentation process). As I tasted the tea, I noticed that it was a light brew overall but carried a slight tangy sourness to it. My brother tried a little bit of it and thought he tasted some smokiness, which I did not pick up on at all. The color of the brew was lighter than expected and was a lovely golden orange color. After two infusions, I noticed a sweetish aroma that reminded me a bit caramelized fruit. At first I was a bit confused because the leaves had only lasted me about 3-4 infusions, and then realized that I probably did not use enough leaves. So, I ended up adding a little bit more which helped a bit.
I have drank this tea multiple times since receiving it and the next few times that I tried it, the tea lasted way longer. I believe that I did not use enough leaves the first time, and the tangy sourness was a bit more prevalent. I also noticed how mild this tea was, making it quite refreshing.
Price: It is $12 for 100 grams of tea or $24 for 200 grams. However, this tea is currently sold out on their website!
Packaging: Packaging is fairly standard, but I was surprised the pouch did not have the logo on it at all. I could not smell any aroma coming from the bag, and the bag did not let any light come through it.
Source: This tea is sourced from the Anxi County in Fujian, China.
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