Element 2023 Mengsong Black Tea



Not necessarily your typical black tea, this sun-dried Yunnan black tea offers a nice caramel sweetness, light fruit scent, and pleasant texture.

Shaihong/sun-dried black teas can be a little less up front with their fragrance at first, but continue to develop over time, making them suitable for storing up to 2 years or more. These teas also have a bit more to offer in terms of texture, mouthfeel, and aftertaste.

For gongfu brewing, we recommend brewing this tea similar to a dragon ball or other single serving format, either extending the rinse to 30 seconds or so, to help open the leaves a bit. This biscuit also performs well when western brewing, for which we advise rinsing for 10 seconds, then brewing for up to 30 seconds in a 350-400ml vessel, then adding 20-30 seconds (or to taste) per brew after that.

Each of the convenient single-serving biscuits contains 7g (+/-1 gram of tea).

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3 reviews for Element 2023 Mengsong Black Tea

  1. 5 out of 5

    kwycoff (verified owner)

    Great red tea. Stayed strong through 7-8 infusions. I tried it with and without a splash of milk. Really nice either way. Milk really turns it into something dessert-like. Has a wonderful stone fruit aftertaste.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Verville-Paris

    Warming, unifying, enveloping – – you can’t do it wrong with this one
    //Smell: fruits cold brew in pure water, sugary raisins bread, floral, sun-dried tomatoes, roasting notes, tomato and herb rusk
    //Texture: Warm at the back of the palate, liquéfies the saliva, medium texture, evaporating
    //Taste: Dark chocolate with raspberries, almonds cake with caramel coulis, floral, fruits juice
    //Body sensation: Serenity, calm, present moment, light heat production

  3. 5 out of 5


    This is exactly the kind of tea I’d love as my daily drinking black tea. It’s so easy to steep and drink but also offers such a comforting experience. It’s really soft, silky, and sweet. Light raisin, whipped caramel sweetness, hints of chocolate, almonds, and plum.

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