Red Guan Yin (觀音紅, Guān Yīn Hóng, "Guan Yin Red") - There has been a growing trend in recent years in China towards making red teas from cultivars traditionally used for other varietals. The oxidation process often brings out exciting and previously unexpressed flavors and fragrances in classic teas. Red Guanyin is an excellent example of this. Made from an early spring harvest of the Tie Guan Yin varietal, famous for producing some of the most fragrant oolong teas in the world, this baked, fully-oxidized Fujianese red tea is one of our sweetest and most chocolatey. The Tie Guan Yin cultivar is remarkable for being exceptionally fragrant in any oxidation state - lightly oxidized, as in our Jade Tie Guan Yin, it has abundant floral notes. Heavily oxidized and charcoal roasted, as in our Charcoal Roasted Tie Guan Yin and our Dragon Head Phoenix Tail Tie Guan Yin, it demonstrates a sweet, brown sugar-coffee-caramel depth. In its fully-oxidized form, it has notes of milk chocolate, sweet potato pie, and cotton candy. The liquor is a pleasant luminous red and the Qi is warming, mellow, and friendly.