Did you know that the black tea you get at the supermarket, is actually red tea? The Chinese name their teas according to the color of the liquid, instead of the color of the leaves. When we’re talking about black tea, we actually mean red tea. Black tea is an entirely different tea genre, one of the black teas is for example Liu bao, which creates an almost black liquid.
Red tea (hong cha) leaves vary from deep brown or light orange to dark blue black. Whatever the color of the leaves, all red teas create a reddish liquid. The color of the liquid can vary from rusty red to chestnut brown. Red tea from Yunnan (China) is often called dian hong. This tea has a slightly more activating energy than red tea from other regions.
It’s important not to steep red tea for too long. Instead, enjoy multiple cups or bowls of this magical red liquid.