Sample package label:
Unlike most black teas, these leaves are lightly steamed during processing – a step usually reserved for Japanese green teas. It’s aromatic and rich, with hints of ripe fruit and dark honey.
Organic black tea, slightly steamed from Fujian Province in China.
1.5 tsp. / 94*C 201*F / 5-7 min.
USDA Organic / Canada Organic Biologique / PAREVE”
12-oz water with total dissolved solids (TDS) of 19 ppm, heated to 212*F and allowed to cool to 201*F – verified with DAVIDsTEA digital thermometer
3 Tevanna teaspoons, without sweeteners, milk or cream.
Introduction: This is my first tasting experience with a steamed tea. I requested this tea because I like to try different teas to challenge my palate and since it was one of the highest-rated unflavored black DAVIDsTEAs per Steepster. I did not know what to expect. But, due to the 83 point rating, I was expecting an enjoyable tea.
Note: I wrote this review a few days later from hand written notes I made during the tea tasting.
This tea has a fragrance that reminds me of fine pipe tobacco.
Clear amber brown hue.
5-min Infusion: This tea had a bakery / toasted-nut aroma. The initial taste was not quite full-bodied.
7-min: A little too long. Strong, brisk, astringent.
6-min: Too light
7-min: More enjoyable – woodsy character
5-min Infusion: Astringent, somewhat bitter, with the flavor of dark honey.
This cup was more enjoyable without bitterness or astringency. The dominant flavor was dark honey.
Impression: My initial experience with this steamed black tea seems to be more similar to indigobloom’s experience: http://steepster.com/indigobloom/posts/135009#likes. After reading some of the more positive tasting notes by more experienced reviewers, I would be interested in tasting this tea again using their notes as a guide.
Many thanks to DAVIDsTEA and Natalie for providing this very generous size free sample, which was very helpful when tasting a truly different unflavored black tea for the first time.