Black Tea Review: Teavana Copper Knot Hongcha

Copper Knot Hongcha

Company/Brand Name: Teavana

Name: Copper Knot Hongcha

Category: Black Tea

Form: Loose Leaf

Origin of the Leaf: Yunnan Province of China

The Leaves: A beautiful black tea with lots of golden tips, all of which are hand-curled into a spiraling knot

Additions: None

Flavor: A rich, malty and earthy black tea with notes of dark chocolate and just a touch of sweetness

Overall: I found this tea to be absolutely captivating cup after cup. The Copper Knot Hongcha has wonderful depth and complexity that makes it quite intriguing. In addition, I really enjoyed playing around with different infusions in an attempt to acquire the perfect cup. I would definitely purchase again!

Tea Review:

I’ve been drinking the Copper Knot Hongcha for about a week now and I still find each cup to be a bit of a mystery, which made drinking this tea lots of fun! However, I think I may have unlocked one or two of the secrets this tea has to tell.

For instance, when using water just under boiling, the tea reveals its chocolaty undertones and malty flavor. But, when its lovely leaves are steeped in boiling water, a rich brew is produced with some bite too it; reminding me of my coffee drinking days.

In addition to this tea’s interesting flavor profile, I found it quite entertaining to watch the leaves unfurl as they steeped. Not to mention the imagery that came to mind when sipping this tea.

I often imagined a log cabin nestled in the woods on a cool spring-like day, when the snow is just starting to melt. This imagery came to mind, I believe, because this tea has sweet-earthy taste to it, reminding me of how the ground smells when it is allowed to see the sun after several months of a snowy, cold hibernation. A perfect tea on a cold, dreary winter day when springtime seems to far away.

Washi Tea Tins from Teavana

Packaging:

I had purchased the Copper Knot Hongcha from the Teavana store at the Mall of America. Since I didn’t have any canisters at home, I decided to also purchase a Washi tea tin. I had the friendly Teavana guy place my loose leaves in the red canister for safe keeping!

Preparation Tips:

Teavana suggested using one teaspoon of tea per eight ounces of water, heated to 195F. The leaves should steep for about 2-3 minutes. I found these directions to be fairly accurate.

I used my one-serving, glass teapot to steep the leaves, which worked okay. However, I would recommend using a larger teapot to give the leaves even more room to expand, because the unfurled leaves are quite large.  Adagio’s PersonaliTEA teapot worked very well for this purpose; I took out the brewing basket, which gave the leaves plenty of room to unfold.

Additional Notes:

Infusions – You’ll want to play around with different infusion times to find your perfect cup. I personally found that I was able to get two delicious infusions from the Copper Knot Hongcha. For the first infusion, I steeped the leaves for about 2 to 3 minutes. Then, for the second infusion, I allowed the leaves to brew for a good 5 minutes.

I do like my tea on the stronger side, so if you prefer a lighter brew you may be able to get a few more infusions out of the leaves than I did.

Oh, I even forgot about my brew a couple times. When I finally remembered to check on it, the leaves had been steeping for a good ten minutes or more. Yet, this tea never got bitter.

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Photo Credit: A Girl With Tea

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10 comments on “Black Tea Review: Teavana Copper Knot Hongcha

  1. Man in need of a tea garden March 27, 2011 9:09 PM

    Yes, you are onto something – Copper Knot Hongcha is one of the finest, relative bargain teas on the market. It packs a punch. I drink it unadorned, usually at work. The word is rich. A “dark beer” of teas minus the bitter taste. I have been drinking this tea for over a year, and it never gets old.

    • a girl with tea March 29, 2011 11:34 AM

      It is one of my favorites as well!

  2. Nina February 6, 2011 12:19 AM

    Assam is my favorite hot black tea, no questions asked. So wonderful with a little sweetener and soy milk. The picture for this post is beautiful!

    • a girl with tea February 7, 2011 1:07 AM

      I do love me some Assam too! Thanks for the compliment on the tea photo, I love taking pictures of tea leaves.

  3. Alex Zorach November 17, 2010 5:21 PM

    My favorite black tea would be Darjeeling tea from Makaibari estate. I’ve had a great Makaibari first flush from Arbor Teas, and a blend of Makaibari teas from Hampstead tea; both are outstanding. Hampstead tea’s offering is more of a standard black tea with a bit more of a punch (although still subtle as well) whereas the first flush has a classic first flush character.

    Another of my favorites is the now discontinued Himalayan BOP from Upton Tea Imports, a blend of Darjeeling-like teas from around the Himalayan region. This tea is Darjeeling-like and has a very green character for a black tea, but has a much stronger bite than most lighter Darjeelings. I have yet to try the whole-leaf counterparts that Upton replaced this tea with, but I hope to do so at some point. One other black tea worth mentioning, the least “black” of them all, was a first flush from Barnesbeg estate, from Upton Tea Imports. That tea was delicious…and was by far the greenest “black tea” I’ve ever had.

    • a girl with tea November 19, 2010 12:32 AM

      Thanks for all the great tea suggestions!

  4. Jackie Gamber November 16, 2010 6:01 PM

    Amy, I love what you do with the imagery. I also blog about teas and their perfect novel companions, and I can’t *wait* to try this tea and see how the log cabin imagery works for me! I’ll need to keep in touch.

    I’ve got a Teavana store nearby – brand new! – So I’ll get some tomorrow.

    • a girl with tea November 17, 2010 1:39 PM

      Yes, I would love to hear what imagery came to mind for you with this tea! What fun!

      I’ll be headed over to your blog to check-out it out. The idea of pairing a novel with a tea is simply brilliant.

      Thanks for you comment!

    • Jackie Gamber November 19, 2010 5:11 PM

      I tried the Copper Knot tea last night while we were decorating our Christmas tree. It’s fabulous! I definitely share your imagery; very coppery, very earthy and nature nurturing. Thank you for reviewing it, I think it’s going to be one of my favorites.

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