1999: Qi Hong Mao Feng
“Qimen Sprouts” Spring shoots carefully rolled into fluffy curls. The brew is highly aromatic, sweetly delicate and heavy at the same time. Appropriate for multiple infusions!
Tea from the South Chinese province of Anhui, it is grown near the River Yangtse. Translated, the phrase Qi Men means Great Gate and refers to the local name of the district and rather less hospitable town. Qimen tea is said to be served as a welcome for dignitaries.
A select red tea of Mao Feng type, characterised by the use of the end shoots of the tea branches. Qimen produces a full-bodied but complex flavor which is slightly sweet, like semi-sweet chocolate (though it does not contain any!) and slightly astringent.