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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
This tea combines the flavours of steamed veg., flowers, cream, honey, peaches, and spice. It seems to be a cross between a Chinese green (25%) and a green oolong (75%). A lovely tea, but pricey.
First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 70 deg., 2:00 min.
Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 70 deg., 3:00 min.
Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 70 deg., 5:00 min.
Fourth infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 70 deg., 10:00+ min.
This tea smells amazing! Like caramel or toffee, so sweet with a slight dark twang. My husband said bonfire toffee so we both agreed which is rare. One of the nicest smelling black teas imaginable. Nothing like the Assam that I was expecting.
The leaves are dark brown/black and are long yet twisted. They are very light.
Once steeped the tea is red brown in colour and has that beautiful toffee scent, this time with added malt and rock sugar.
It taste matches the smell, it’s light with sweet malt and toffee flavours that unfurl on the tongue in the after taste. Since it’s light there is a cleanness to it’s taste and that adds to the sweetness.
Further steeps reveal no astringency or richness but the sweet toffee flavour translates well through the later steeps.
Fantastic black tea, light yet with so much flavour that it leaves me completely satisfied. Husband was happy with this one too. For the price this is excellent.
Flavors: Malt, Sugarcane, Toffee
Yay it’s a tea that’s older than me :) Always fun to try mature teas, though I am used to those being in Oolong or PuErh form rather than black.
The raw leaves are small and thin which look sticky and wooden, dark brown in colour and bares a musty, damp, rain, forest sort of smell…or like beetroot. It is rather like a PuErh in scent funnily enough, also getting sweetcorn (like sweetcorn that has been cooked on a bbq and is starting to burn). Perhaps not my favourite smell but I’m still intrigued.
My first few sips reveal an array of flavours, taking particular note of: damp soil, beetroot, damp wood and sweet potato. It’s highly earthy and with some sweetness. As a whole it doesn’t linger in the after taste and nor does it leave me with any dryness. It’s also somewhat refreshing, like clove but just without it’s flavour. A few steeps in my gaiwan reveals more of the sweetcorn flavour.
Honestly….I HATE beetroot! I cannot stand the stuff, never have and never will. This tea tastes just like beetroot, it smells like it too, and that puts me off it a little. I can drink and stomach this tea and tried to find things about it that I found pleasurable such as the sweetness but I am still taken back to the beetroot notes in each sip.
I will reserve my rating for now but I will try it again in the near future.
Long, freely twisted leaf exhaling intense sweet, honey-like aroma. The almost same aroma also pretty intense is found in a cup. The tea is very smooth, light bodied and free of adstringence. You can be very liberal when steeping this tea it’s almost impossible to be oversteeped. It is an ideal evening tea because its caffeine content is probably rather low.
I drank this earlier but can’t quite recall everything about it, except that it was maltier than other blacks and had a few raisin notes as well. It was good, but not my favourite of the Taiwan Tea Craft teas. I’ve got several cups left to play with though!
(I was tempted to order the Hong Yun from Butiki but couldn’t justify it, so that was why I chose this cup today. I imagine they would be very similiar, at least to my semi-unrefined palette!)
Well Sun Moon Lake Assam, we meet again and I am very happy about that. This really is a great black. Fruity and smooth with the faintest touch of malt. Thank you Sil for sending more of this my way. I think I will take one more cup and pass the rest on to Roswell Strange. Hopefully she also enjoys it :)
The makers of this tea did a nice job of scenting this tea. They managed to keep the rose subtle, juicy and spicy and minimised the bitterness you can sometimes get in rose teas. The rose in this tea ranges from bright citrusy tea rose to sweeter and spicier damask. The base tea underneath is soft with cream, lemon, honey and peach and pineapple notes. It is also savoury with notes of white sweet corn, green beans, sandalwood and aged cedar. This tea resteeps quite well and has an interesting and changing taste profile. The floral notes are mostly from the scenting as any in the base tea seem very subtle. It took a couple steeps for the rose to develop in flavour. My favourite steep was probably the third but I came to really appreciate this tea.
Is Mi Xian a type of tea? Or a place where tea is grown? I only ask because I can only recall having one other Mi Xian tea (Butiki’s) and I am really not a lover of either. Not that I think they are bad teas but I don’t enjoy the flavor profile as much as I have some other black teas. I find myself wanting some more malt and dessert-type notes but instead it is more flat and with a touch of fruit at the end of each sip. Nonetheless, thank you Cavocorax for sharing.
Wow is this Songboling good! I was expecting an aged taste which would be roasty and have little aftertaste but boy was I wrong. While the roasty taste was a bit strong, overall its superb. I know I’ve always had a bias against roasted oolong’s, oops!
Shipping took a while but since the teas are vacuumed sealed and shipped directly from Taiwan I had no problems with it. Its difficult to match the price/quality for this tea and I definitely recommend it to anyone!
Flavors: Char, Earth, Wood
Change of pace ad reviewing a high mountain Taiwanese Oolong tea rather than the Darjeelings I’ve been tasting and reviewing.
What I like about Oolongs is it’s more forgiving than the temperamental Darjeelings. Meaning, I eyeball the amount of tea and the amount of water. I really don’t have to measure carefully like I do with the Darjeelings
I flash rinse the Oolong tea for 5 seconds.
1st steep 20 seconds-moderate aroma very light, vegetal and fruity taste.
2nd steep 20 seconds-very grassy and vegetal taste. The fruity taste is still there but slightly overshadowed by the above two tastes.
3rd steep 20 second- very good aroma and the fruity sweet taste is really coming out. The leaves have unfurled and the sronger fuller taste and aroma of the Oolong is very very good.
4th steep 25 seconds-The tea is becoming smoother yet still retains the fruity taste
I can probably get 6 very good steeps from this Oolong with the taste giving out and becoming thinner on the 7th, 8th, and 9th steep. This is avery good tea from Taiwan Tea crafts and I have to thank them for this sample. I am always amazed at how much change the Taiwanese High Mountain teas go through between steeps and I enjoy every steep for different reasons.
Sample courtesy of my friend. When Taiwan Tea Crafts had their spring tea 15% off sale earlier this year he ordered this and the 1994 aged Oriental Beauty, while I ordered a couple of other things. He kept forgetting to give me a sample of this tea, which is maddening when the same person repeatedly tells you how good the tea was. Several months later, I get to try this tea.
The dry leaf’s aroma evokes memories of those bags of dried lavender used to scent things. That’s right, lavender. When wet, the leaves pick up scents of wild honey, grapes, and sweet spices while retaining the previously mentioned lavender. The liquor is medium-strength, with floral, sweet, and spicy notes. This is the most floral OB I’ve ever had, it’s really interesting. It just keeps tasting better and better as the number of steepings increase. It goes from orange to brown.
Is this worth $18 an ounce? Probably not. Is it amazing? Yep. If you like OB you should definitely give this a try.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Grapes, Honey, Lavender