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Sugarcane Black

An unusual tea first featured in the Tea Club, now one of our regulars.
This black tea is wilted and then fired briefly in Yunnan red cane sugar (an unprocessed sugar similar to muscavado). 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 process, 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.

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

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*Based on a 3g serving, infused twice

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Very Pleasantly surprised…..

5

/ 5

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……..

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Sweet tea

5

/ 5

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 .

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Lingering ephemeral yum

5

/ 5

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.

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Nice sweet tea

4

/ 5

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

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Poor

1

/ 5

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

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Sweet and malty

4

/ 5

A very interesting tea - a maltiness uncharacteristic of Chinese black (tastes more like a good quality Assam) is complimented by sweet notes and an bold fruitiness. I would like to see this method of firing applied to something slightly greener like a Darjeeling. Definitely a tea worthy of regular drinking despite its rather gimmicky production process.

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Favourite black tea

5

/ 5

Another tea I was introduced to by the Tea Club. Love the slight sweetness mixed with that Yunnan richness. Definitely one of the best black teas I have tasted.

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Delicious!

5

/ 5

A really enjoyable tea. So sweet, without being overwhelming, and with a delicious lingering aftertaste. Would definitely add it to my staple teas!

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About to order more. Unusual and delicious.

5

/ 5

It has a unique subtle taste of sugar without the sweetness and is absolutely delicious even though I would never add sugar to black tea

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Amazing

5

/ 5

Amazing tea, gets even better on the secon and third infusion.

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Fabulous!

5

/ 5

Absolutely delicious - this has become my go-to tea

Sugarcane Black
Rated 4/5 based on 11 reviews

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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 Wu Yi. 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 (un-processed) 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 Wu Yi. The Cane sugar grows all over Yunnan and we would often see precarious truck-loads of it on the winding mountain passes of Yunnan.

Other Names - Fu Shou Mei

Chinese Name Fu Shou Mei 福寿美
English Pronunciation foo show may
Country China
Year of Production 2014
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 Use 2 tsp (4g) tsp in 250ml water; temperature 95°C. Infuse for 2 minutes. Reinfuse.

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