2022 Qimen Zongzi - Bamboo wrapped Red Tea
Qimen red tea is one of the world's most fragrant teas, historically appreciated for its strong body and intense flavor.
In this special and surprising version, the small leaves - Xiǎoyè zhòng 小叶种 - of this red tea are delicately wrapped by hand into fragrant bamboo leaves, and tied with a bamboo cord. The result is a beautiful small triangle-shaped tea, that recalls the shape of Zòngzi 粽子, a Chinese sweet dish made of sticky rice filled with jujubes or red beans, and wrapped with a kind of bamboo leaves called ruòyè 箬叶. It is traditionally consumed during the Dragon Boat Festival, Duānwǔ jié 端午节, which takes place every year on May 5th.
This tea can be brewed easily for multiple times in a tall water glass or in a gaiwan, and we suggest using glass as a suitable material to better appreciate the change in color of the liquor, which will show shiny hues of ruby red as soon as the leaves start to open.
Qimen Zongzi will surprise your palate with the sweet malty hue of Qimen red tea, together with the mellow and balsamic aroma of lychee, plum, and bamboo leaves, slowly disclosing their treasure of leaves in the warmth of each new brew.
Origin: Qimen County, Anhui Province
Flush: Spring 2022
Format: signature package containing 6 pieces
Storage: the leaves can be stored in their original package or in ceramic vases. Avoid heat, light, and moisture.
In a Gaiwan:
Quantity: 1 piece for each gaiwan
Brewing time: Take away the cord that keeps the bamboo leaves closed and start with a long rinse of about one minute. Begin the first infusion with a 30-second brew. Increase with each successive brew as needed.
Water temperature: 85° C
Number of brews: 10-12
In a Glass:
Quantity: 1 piece for each 200 ml glass
Brewing Time: 15 minutes (time may vary according to the capacity of the glass)
Water Temperature: 100°C
Number of brews: 5-6
Quantity: 1 piece each 500 ml of water
Brewing time: 15 minutes
Water temperature: 100°C
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For all European countries and America we ship through our distributor located in Italy, while for Asia, Oceania and African countries we use our logistic center located in China.
For European countries there is no custom-clearance procedure; for all the other shipments we accompany the package with all the necessary papers to ensure the fastest process possible.
Within the European Union the shipping time is between 1-5 days, while for Extra-UE shipment the delivery time varies between 5 and 12 days. Orders are shipped on Wednesday and Friday: for special requests, please add a note to your order, we will endeavor to fulfill them.
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