geeber1 wrote:Is the difference that it's from Hunan province rather than Yunnan? I would like to try some, especially if it's not as "earthy" as Puerh. (Please correct my spelling of Puerh - I see it spelled so many ways!)
I'm sure TeaSource isn't the ultimate place to get some - can you suggest a reliable source to order from?
IPT wrote:"Dark" Tea confuses a lot of people. In Chinese Dark Tea is called Hei Cha. The Chinese word "Hei" can mean either black, or dark, so many people mis-translate it as black tea, which then gets confused with the English teas, which in China are called "Hong Cha" which translates as "Red Tea".
Dark Teas are fermented teas and are one of the six categories of Chinese tea; Green Tea, Red Tea, Yellow Tea, White Tea, Wulong Tea, and Dark Tea. Puer is listed under the Dark Tea category.
The Hunan Dark Tea is generally called Fuzhuan Tea and was shipped all over along the Ancient Tea Horse Trail. It was shipped as far as Moscow and is traditionally what the Tibetans and Mongolians use to make their yak butter tea. It ages really beautifully and has a lovely flavor with a hint of sweetness when aged.
Two other famous Dark Teas are LiuAn and LiuBao. LiuAn is made in Anhui Province and LiuBao is from Guangxi Province. They both age as well.
The ability to age is what Dark Tea is known for.
tea-awed wrote:HoJo has Fuzhuan cha in 200gm bricks. I saw it just yesterday and became
interested. Somehow I couldn't find prices on their site though