Red Empress

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Red Empress is one our favorite red teas. Its energy is grounding and energizing and reminds you of your own sovereignty. Red Empress is here to encourage and reassure you in creating the life you want. While drinking this tea you’ll know deep down that you have all it takes, no matter how challenging the mountain before you may be. This tea is great to drink leaves in a bowl style and a wonderful tea for beginning tea drinkers. If you use a sidehandle you might find her energy to go deeper, as well as her patience.

Red Empress belongs to the dian hong family, a variety of red tea from Yunnan province. This tea comes from Simao (Yunnan) and is made from young bud sprouts. Red Empress is sweet and nutty and has a long-lasting aftertaste.


Brewing tips:

This is a wonderful tea to drink leaves in a bowl style. When using a sidehandle, don’t let the tea steep for too long. Red Empress has a great patience which allows for a longer tea sit.

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Brewing styles
Grandpa styleYes
Leaves in a bowlYes
Gong fuYes
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Lars | 2/29/2024 4:33 AM
instant favourite for me
nice flavourful kick while still remaining light, great for afternoon brews
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L | 1/16/2024 6:08 PM
A must to keep on stock
Gong Fu Cha, 90 degrees C, 6 grams for 120 ml water. Short (5 to 15 secs) steeps, didn't taste

Dry leaves smell of dark chocolate.
Hot leaves smell roasted with a hint of cherry.
Wet leaves smell roasted with a hint of citrus.

Liquid initial mouthfeel, almost bitter aftertaste.
Sweet with tiny hints of orange and chocolate.


Dry leaves look to be mainly gold, with hints of black. The first few steeps have a deep orange-ish colour. The leaves are whole, unbroken.

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Gerrit | 12/5/2022 1:06 PM
Waarlijk een keizerlijke dame.
Dit is een bijzonder smakelijke thee. klasse bladmateriaal. m
Mooie donkerbruine bladeren na het zetten van de thee. het is een gemakkelijke thee om te zetten, en je laat hem niet snel te lang trekken. hij deed vijf goede infusies van drie gram bladmateriaal. zou heel goed een dagelijks theetje kunnen zijn.
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Leaveswithhugs translation: Exceptionally tasteful tea. Quality leaves. Pretty dark brown leaves after brewing the tea. It is an easy tea to brew, and you won't overbrew it. It did 5 infusion with 3 grams of tea. Could be a good daily drinker.
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Eva | 12/1/2022 11:28 AM
Puts a smile on your face
This tea instantly puts a smile on my face. Drinking this tea in the morning means it will be a gentle but productive day.
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Charelle | 11/12/2022 4:59 PM
My favourite tea
Red Empress was the tea I learned 'leaves in a bowl'-ceremony with, so she has a special place in my heart and is still a favorite. I drink her at least once a week and she manages to bring some light into my day time and time again.
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