Since there seems to be no cohesive place for Fu Zhuan Tea, "Fu Tea", also known sometimes as Golden Flower Tea, I figured a new topic would be appropriate. This tea is unique in purposefully supporting the growth of microbes in it's processing. It comes usually in brick form with small yellow dots or fungus (i.e. Aspergillus.) The aroma and flavor is unique in it's slightly nutty "antibiotic" taste. As it makes me feel mellow, I personally like the tea.
I have been searching out samples over the past year with very mixed results. Some teachatters have dismissed it as 'garbage.' I think this is premature and believe this "genus" of tea at least deserves a closer look. You can form your own opinions and post them here!
Here are a few resources.
There has been some talk of it here:http://www.teachat.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=14772
and to a lesser extent here:http://www.teachat.com/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=14692
Ya-Ya Tea House in New Zealand has a nice write-up on Fu-Zhuan Teas:http://tinyurl.com/bnxpnw3
Hojo also has a one page typical summary with a couple of decent photos:http://hojotea.com/item_e/d01e.htm
Vicony Teas has brief introductory write-up on Hei Cha here:http://www.viconyteas.com/directory/tea-encyclopedia/dark-tea.html
Jakub Tomek briefly blogged it:http://jakubtomek.blogspot.com/2012/05/2007-cnnp-hunan-shouzhu-fuzhuan.html
As did Matt recntly from MattCha:http://mattchasblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-types-of-tea-and-their-chaqi-hunan.html
A search for 'Zhuan' on ChawangShop's site results in 70 hits:http://www.chawangshop.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=Zhuan&x=0&y=0
If you are a chemist and would like more in depth information, this recent eight page PDF by Luo, Ling and Li, et. al. 2012 covers some of the fungal growth and compounds found in it.http://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/17/3/3539/pdf
MEversbergII found this link:
Fermented Camellia sinensis, Fu Zhuan Tea, regulates hyperlipidemia and transcription factors involved in lipid catabolism
Donghe Fu a,1, Elizabeth P. Ryan b,⁎,1, Jianan Huang a, Zhonghua Liu a,⁎⁎, Tiffany L. Weir c, Randall L. Snook d, Timothy P. Ryan ehttp://csu-cvmbs.colostate.edu/Documents/erhs-fermented-camellia-sinensis-eryan-lab.pdf
So. Please excuse all the linking. I figured it would be at least a good place to start.