Red Tea (Black Tea) from the Tie Guan Yin Cultivar, from Life in Teacup in album tea

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Loose-leaf black tea showing golden tips and a curved, twisted shape

Jul 23rd, 2013, by Alex Zorach

This photo shows a most unusual loose-leaf tea. These leaves come from the Tie Guan Yin cultivar, a cultivar of tea plant that is normally only used to produce oolong tea. But this batch has been made into black tea, which in China is called "Red Tea". This particular batch is from Life in Teacup, a small company that I am a huge fan of.

I really enjoyed this particular tea. It was an excellent black tea, with a strong traditional flavor, like other traditional Chinese red teas and less like many of the more modern teas on the market. I would not have noticed that it is from the Tie Guan Yin cultivar because it does not resemble Tie Guan Yin much.

But I found it very interesting to try!