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Sugarcane Black

An unusual tea first featured in the Tea Club, now one of our regulars.
Sugarcane Black Fu Shou Mei black tea fired with cane sugar
yunnan red cane sugar
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The cane sugar grows all over Yunnan and we would often see precarious truck-loads of it on the winding mountain passes.

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This black tea is wilted and then fired briefly in Yunnan red cane sugar (an unprocessed sugar similar to muscovado). The tea maker learned the sugar technique from a Fujian tea master in Wuyi, and brought it back to Yunnan to make it his own. Just a small amount of sugar is used in the firing: it is mixed with water and added to the wilted tea leaves during the frying stage of the processing, giving the brewed tea a pleasingly balanced sweetness. Having proved popular with both Tea Club customers and Canton staff, we had to bring this tea into our collection.

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The tea is made by the Zhou family in Feng Qing, one of the most famous tea producing areas in Yunnan. It is made from the Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong varietal, which is famously the varietal used to create Lapsang Souchong in Wuyi. The varietal lends itself very well to flavouring, and has the robustness to stand up well to both smoke and sugar. The freshly picked tea is wilted and then briefly fried in tropical Yunnan muscovado style (unprocessed) red sugar. The sugar is mixed with water, and used sparingly in the frying process of the leaves; this technique was learnt by Mr Zhou from a tea master in Wuyi.

You can read more about this tea on the Tea Club Blog where Canton's Ali explains why it is so rare and delicious.

Other Names - Fu Shou Mei

Additional Information

Chinese Name Fu Shou Mei 福寿美
English Pronunciation foo show may
Country China
Year of Production 2016
Origin Feng Qing, Lincang, Yunnan, China
Varietal Zheng shan xiao zhong (the same varietal used for Lapsang souchong)
Tasting Notes The sweetness is delicate and perfectly balanced with the robust, smooth and and fruity black tea. When made gong fu style, the sweetness is prominent at first, becoming softer through multiple infusions.
Quick Brewing Instructions 2 tsp, 95°C, 250 ml, 2 mins. Reinfuse

Reviews

  • Very Pleasantly surprised…..

    by Blackheaddog on 17th of August

    I wasn't sure I was going to like this tea, because of the sweetness, but the sugarcane balances out perfectly and adds to the richness of the tea without being sweet. Second only to Superior Bai Lin Gong Fu……..

    5
  • Sweet tea

    by "T" on 3rd of July

    Really enjoyed this tea. Although I would not normally add suger to tea,the sweetness is subtle, but still present even after five infusions. would be interesting to try the yunnan black without the added sugarcane as a comparison .

    5
  • Lingering ephemeral yum

    by Oolongandwindingroad on 5th of November

    It took me a few times to get this one right, but eventually with the water at exactly the right temperature, and an infusion time of just under two minutes, using slightly more than the recommended 2tsp, it was perfect. The sweetness is subtle, but rich, almost like a better version of honey. Gorgeous colour too, and a thick, silky mouthfeel. Ahhh lovely.

    5
  • Nice sweet tea

    by Tea and Teddy on 18th of May

    It's a bit different, sweet and satisfying. http://teapottreats.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/canton-tea-co-sugarcane-black.html

    4
  • Poor

    by Chris on 23rd of March

    I have to say this is the first tea I have disliked from canton. Tea itself seemed very bland and left unpleasant feeling in the stomach afterwards, tried a few cups to make sure it wasn't just an off day but did not improve over multiple infusions

    1

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