Dian Hong Song Zhen or “Pine needles” got its name because of its resemblance to actual pine needles. Only leaves with long stems are used to make this tea, they are collected predominantly during the summertime. Apart from the standard manufacturing process the tea also undergoes an additional production stage: it is processed with a special roller to shape it. The stems not only give the tea its specific needle-like appearance but also add a tart flavour to the brew.
The tea combines sweet fruit and honey flavours with a long-lasting, luscious candy aftertaste.
Dian Hong Song Zhen can be prepared in porcelain or clay teaware. Water is best heated to a temperature of 85-90 °С (185-194°F). The best brewing methods are Pin Cha or steeping in a thermos or cup; it can be steeped up to 7 times. Tea-to-water ratio is 6 g. (0.21 oz) per 100 ml. (3.5 oz) of water.
A good tea for the everyday best served in the morning or evening. Balances body and mind, strengthens the spirit and sets a good mood.
|ratio per 100 ml.:||5 g.|