Morning Glory is part of the September 2017 tea of the month from Global Tea Hut. Those that have been following their teas will recognize that is is very similar to the wild yixing red tea§ in their Red Tea Expansion pack. This is because the variety in the Red Tea Expansion pack is a higher quality, tippier version. This variety has more leaves.
Brewing Morning Glory
Morning Glory is a gongfu red tea and is therefore best brewed in a yixing tea pot. One that has a high profile and has thick walls would be preferable. More precisely, a good quality zisha would do the trick. One can brew morning glory with 90-95 degrees celcius water. Its really a high quality tea, so it can withstand some variation in temperature. Its also incredibly patient, easily producing 10-12 infusions. It just needs a slight rinse of 5 seconds and its ready to go. How long one infuses will depends on the starting temperature and the quality of the pot. With a yixing, a first infusion of 15-20 seconds would be ok.
Morning Glory is not as refined as its tippy wild gongfu red tea version from the Red Tea Expansion pack. But Morning Glory has a nice sweetness, a punchiness from being wild, and a great mouthfeel. Its yang energy is smooth and really earns its name ‘Mornining Blory’.
Morning Glory is a tea that I could drink forever. Its comforting, and its nice rising yang energy makes it ideal for mornings. I would have to large quantities of this tea for storing and aging, if it were only available.