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Dry leaf aroma: Sweet potato and malt.
Dry leaf appearance: http://instagram.com/p/r-72S7lcCA/

Wet leaf aroma: Slightly vegetal.
Wet leaf appearance: http://instagram.com/p/r-8MkWlcCr/

Preparation: Initial 1 second rinse, then brewed western style in a ceramic infuser mug.

First steeping: 2 minutes 30 seconds at 205 degrees. Red Jade stays true to its dry leaf aroma – pure sweet potato with undertones of malt. While the cup is hot the predominate flavors are sweet potato, malt, and a suggestion of something pleasant that is just beyond description. The mouth-feel is rich, smooth, and a bit creamy; the aftertaste is pure sweet potato. As the cup cools the malty notes come forward, along with a hint of cinnamon.

Second steeping: 3 minutes at 205 degrees. Sweet potato is the main aroma for the second infusion. A mild cinnamon essence has appeared in this steeping and blends well with the malt and sweet potato flavors. The mouth-feel is smooth and tingly, and the aftertaste is sweet potato with a cinnamon undertone.

I did not detect any fruit notes during my session, as described on the Taiwan Tea Crafts website.

I am perhaps a bit biased towards this tea, as it is a TRES-18 hybrid (which is a cross between an Assamica strain strain from Burma and the local indigenous wild tea strain), to which I am partial. I enjoy it quite a bit regardless, and recommend it as a solid Taiwanese black tea.

All nerdiness aside, I love “sweet potato” tea! I had to resist the urge to bust out the marshmallows.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Malt, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
apt

I wasn’t a huge fan of this one. I liked the one from Beautiful Taiwan Tea better.

I’m waiting for my friend to give me some of the #18 that he hand-processed himself.

Blodeuyn

I’ve got a sample of the BTT version but haven’t tried it yet. You’re lucky you’ve got a tea friend like that!

apt

i sure am :). he’s also starting a company soon, so stay tuned.

the BTT version had a thicker body and better flavor, but a weaker aroma.

Blodeuyn

Oh nice, let us know when he has a website up! I’ll have to try my BTT sample soon.

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apt

I wasn’t a huge fan of this one. I liked the one from Beautiful Taiwan Tea better.

I’m waiting for my friend to give me some of the #18 that he hand-processed himself.

Blodeuyn

I’ve got a sample of the BTT version but haven’t tried it yet. You’re lucky you’ve got a tea friend like that!

apt

i sure am :). he’s also starting a company soon, so stay tuned.

the BTT version had a thicker body and better flavor, but a weaker aroma.

Blodeuyn

Oh nice, let us know when he has a website up! I’ll have to try my BTT sample soon.

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Web developer, video game lover, artist. I’m enjoying my tea journey and learning all I can along the way.

My ratings
91-100: Must have on hand at all times! Nom nom nom!

80-90: Good, and perhaps quite yummy, but I won’t be heartbroken if I don’t have it again.

65-79: Fairly decent, I will finish what I have on hand but I won’t reorder.

50-64: Not completely horrid. I won’t finish what I have on hand.

1-49: I’d rather drink water.

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