Jiu Qu Hong Mei

Several posts ago I shared some basic information about Jiu Qu Hong Mei.

The dry leaves…

were tightly twisted into thin, tight, elegant curls, indicating the use of the “two leaf and one bud” plucking for its processing. They reminded me of fishhooks. The leaves were slightly oily to the touch and matte black in color. They had a slight fruity aroma of plums with hints of honey – they smelt absolutely yummy!


I used one teaspoon of the dry leaves and eight ounces of hot water at 212 degrees Fahrenheit.  I let the tea steep for three minutes. Remember the length of time is dependent upon one’s personal preference for either a weaker or stronger infusion – it just depends on how you like the strength of your tea.

 In my cup…

very pretty – a bright, shiny dark reddish infusion that was clear with a soft texture. It had an appetizingly rich and deep fragrance- extremely sweet and warming.  There was the lively, fruity flavor of plums without any drying end and no traces of astringency- accented with slight floral notes and just the barest hint of malt. It was very pleasant – light and smooth followed by a refreshing touch of honeyed sweetness at the end.

Jiu Qu Hong Mei is a delightful harmony of the charming flavor of delicate plums soaked in honey perhaps, combined with a rich, floral sweet underlying essence. A very lovely black tea indeed with a feeling that coats your mouth and lingers a while, awakening your taste buds and leaving them pleased! This was a 5 for me!

Rating Scale

tea rating

All teas will be rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 for dislike and 5 as love:

  1. Dislike (I didn’t like the tea and would not repurchase)
  2. Passable (I didn’t dislike the tea, but I didn’t think it was very good)
  3. Average (I didn’t find it good or bad and would drink it again)
  4. Good (I liked it but it and may repurchase)
  5. Love (I enjoyed it lot and would repurchase)

Next…K stands for Kabuse.

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