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Spot of Tea: Le Palais des Thés Grand Yunnan Imperial

Drinks The Serious Eats Team 3 comments

This smooth and earthy Chinese tea has buttery flavors and hints of cocoa—it's mouthfilling, satisfying, and stands up well to multiple infusions. The first comes out lush and soft, the second deeper, wrapped in dark-caramel flavors, with a bit more malty grassiness coming out in subsequent steepings, though by the fifth and sixth it circles around, growing velvety and fruity. This tea just keeps going. Brewed in a gaiwan, it's light on the tannins—a delicate black tea but not a wimp. More

Tea Technique: How to Steep Black Teas

Drinks Liz Clayton 9 comments

What we call "black tea" is known in much of Asia as "red tea"—referring more to the color in the cup than the blackened appearance of the fully oxidized leaves before brewing. It may also be useful to distinguish between the origins of black teas, such as Chinese (whose leaves are picked earlier and withstand more oxidation) and black teas of other origins, e.g. Africa, India and Sri Lanka (whose leaves are picked later and are less oxidized). The difference in processing methods of these teas is reflected in their flavor, and affects the way in which you may choose to brew them. More

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