The flowery, orchid-like aroma is immediate, and announces a tea like no other. This Dark Tea is laced with 'golden flowers', for a deep and meditative brew.
Fu Cha is a kind of Dark Tea, tea that was compressed into bricks and traded along the Tea-Horse Road, through central Asia, to the mountains of Tibet, and the Mongolian steppes. Along the way, the tea fermented, giving it a range of rich flavors and nutrients. It became a favorite to aid digestion, especially after a heavy meal.
These days, Dark Tea doesn't travel by horseback for months; the fermentation is introduced during processing. Fu Cha is special among Dark Tea for developing 'golden flowers' (jin hua) running throughout the brick. These golden flowers carry a heavily floral aroma with flavor notes of sweet dates.
This tea is difficult to find outside of China, and it is our great joy to be able to share it with you. Normally sold in large bricks, we've broken it down into loose leaves for your convenience.
Golden Flower (Fu Cha)
Leaf: 2 tsp (4g) for a small pot, 3 tsp (6-8g) for a large pot
Water: Full boil (100C / 212F)
Time: 1-2 minutes
'Wake up the Leaves' before your first brew: add enough boiling water to cover the leaves, then discard. This tea can be brewed many times.
Size: 50 grams (1.8 oz)
Type: Dark Tea or Pu'er
Origin: Shaanxi, China
Character: Flowery, Rain Forest, Soothing