Rose Quartz is a 2008 gongfu red tea from Li Shan. The farmer used the first flush to produce this tea, though he harvested it slightly sooner than he would have if he intended to make oolong, which is made from a bit more mature leaves. And since it is from an ecological farm, it is also bug-bitten, influencing the flavor and oxidation. There is a sweet delicacy and craftsmanship to this tea that makes it different from most red teas. A lot of effort and skill go into the making of Rose Quartz. It has less oxidation than many red teas do, making it somewhat akin to an Eastern Beauty tea, and the oxidation is also controlled masterfully. The liquor is more dark orange to red, as opposed to dark red to light red. As the steepings pass, it resolves to a sweet golden dew. The age has lent it depth, breadth and a more powerful Qi. This is way better than the version we shared with the March 2022 issue of Global Tea Hut.