Red Leaf Tea now brings you the Golden Calabash Handcrafted Tea. Bound and woven by hand in the Yunan Province of China, these fine little gems of green tea are shaped into beads or teardrops. They unfold beautifully in hot water, and as you savor the aroma released by this fine green leaf, you can also enjoy the delicate unfurling of the calabashes. Red Leaf has industriously gathered together several new Handcrafted Teas from Yunan, and each has a distinctive flavor, shape and unfurling trait. Try them one by one, or get them all at once, for a great new tea sensation!
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Amount of water: 6 oz
Amount of Tea: 1 Flat teaspoon
Water Temperature: 160° F
Steeping Time: 1-3 minutes.
Note: Do not use boiling water for Green and White teas as they will burn and create bitter flavors.
A good way to guess water temperature without a thermometer is to bring the water to a boil, and wait about 30 seconds (for White tea) or 60 seconds (for Green tea) before pouring over the leaves.
Green tea beads,Calabashes
I was so happy to receive this sample at about the same time I received my new glass tea cup, so that I could sit and watch these curious little Golden Calabashes unfurl. It was so relaxing to watch them slowly open in the hot water, releasing their delightful flavor. The fragrance of the dry calabashes is very soft, with fresh notes and a hint of floral sweetness. The aroma of the brewed tea is even softer than the dried leaves, and I do wish that the flavor were better expressed in the scent, because I do enjoy that aspect of drinking tea. However, the flavor is so good, that I can overlook the lack of aroma. These teardrop shaped calabashes brew a very light, clear, golden liquid that is very rich tasting with a very pleasant mouthfeel. Even though Red Leaf Tea classifies these Golden Calabashes as a green tea, the flavor resembles a yellow tea more so than a green tea. It is not sharp; instead, it is very smooth with a delicate, nutty flavor and a sweet, fruity undertone. This is a tea that needs no sweetener, because it has its own natural sweetness. I was careful to keep the water well below the boiling point (I did not want to scorch these beautiful leaves), and instead allowed the leaves to completely unfurl in the water, which took about five minutes. I was rewarded not only with a golden cup of goodness, but also the joy in watching the “agony of the tea leaves” as they steeped. A truly delightful tea!
The Tea Guru (Stephanie)