Red Sun Rising is a very tippy tea, or is composed of many high quality buds. This is because first flush green teas are carefully selected for processing, with the aim of making a tea with a rich, bold flavor. This tea is meant to be infused several times, unlike many other red teas that are available on the market.
The dark, twisting leaves have an interesting, powerful fragrance that is quite inviting. I ordered this tea as a 500 gram basket, and its what Global Tea Hut would classify as a living tea. Red Sun Rising is an organically grown qimen. It is also seed propagated, which is quite uncommon. Tea plantations often grow their tea using tea grafts of other tea trees. They try to establish a predictable, consistent taste with these grafts. The downside to this is that the lack of diversity limits the complexity of the tea.
I decided to brew 6 grams of this tea in a 150 ml gaiwan, at about 90 degrees celcius. I initially did about a 15-20 second tea rinse in order to get the tea leaves to open up a little. My experience is that a longer tea rinse is necessary so that the subsequent infusions are more flavorful and bold.
The tea has a warm, red-orangish liqour that has is very smooth and a nice level of viscocity. Red Sun Rising is well balanced, sweet, a little smokey, and fairly bold. I have found that other non gong fu teas tend to have primarily a bold flavor in order to withstand additions like milk or honey. Red Sun Rising has a taste that is both bold and complex, and should be enjoyed on its own. Unlike other non gong fu red teas, Red Sun Rising’s flavor does not taper off after the first infusion. It is very well balanced and ready for multiple infusions.
I ended up infusing this tea 8 times. I could have infused more, but I was content with this. The folks at Global Hut mention that its ”Qi is like a morning breeze—fresh and rising up the way a fine oolong does.” This seems like an apt description because and I would say that this is a very nice tea to begin a day during warmer seasons. This tea definitely deserves careful attention in the brewing process. But doing so will bring the reward of enjoying this tea’s full potential.