Contains very high antioxidant level of 11.4% vs 5-6% for mass-market teas.
Character: Good body in the cup and smooth fresh greenish tasting liquor. A delicious Earl Grey and Rooibos combination. Hyson translates to 'Flourishing Spring' and this particular varietal imparts the fresh green character you would expect of springtime. Traditionally hyson referred to old to medium leaves (leaves below the new growing shoots at the top of the bush) manufactured in a rolled long twisted and sometimes almost clam shape. The term 'young' was added to the nomenclature to distinguish that the tea was made from young leaves (new shoots) and therefore better quality and better tasting. Lucky Dragon is from a specific factory that further identified their tea because even though produced in the young hyson style it is much better than typical young hyson. Note how well the citrus character engages with the mellow herbal character of the Rooibos. The taste is truly sublime.
Country of Origin: China, South Africa
Region: Zhejiang Province, Cedarberg
Grade: Young Hyson, Grade #1 Rooibos
Altitude: 1500 - 4200 ft. above sea level
Manuf. Type: Steamed green tea. Fermentation turns Rooibos leaves from green to deep red and gives a slightly sweet note.
Infusion: Reddish orange to full color (depends on brewing time and quantity used).
Ingredients: Premium green tea, Luxury rooibos, Cornflower petals, Natural flavors.
Hot Tea: This tea is best enjoyed by pouring 180F/90C water over the leaves (1 teaspoons) for 3-4 minutes (longer=stronger). Don't remove the leaves. Can be infused repeatedly 2-3 times using higher temperatures & shorter infusions until flavor is exhausted.
Iced Tea: Pour 1 1/4 cups of hot water over 6 teaspoons of tea and steep for 5 minutes. Pour into pitcher while straining leaves, add ice and top up with cold water to make a quart of iced tea. Garnish and sweeten to taste.