Wow. This is the best peach and grape flavored tea I’ve ever had.
ETA Wait. This is an unflavored tea. Holy crap. I seriously can’t stand fruit flavored tea, but tea that has fruit flavor naturally in the leaf is pretty amazing. And delicious.
“Wow. This is the best peach and grape flavored tea I've ever had. *ETA* Wait. This is an unflavored tea. Holy crap. I seriously can't stand fruit _flavored_ tea, but tea that has fruit flavor...” Read full tasting note
“Another tea I drank yesterday. No real comments to make about it, but I'm realizing that I'm not as much of a fan of Taiwan blacks as I originally thought I was. I do love the Sun Moon Lake Assams,...” Read full tasting note
“sipdown! even if it is a fake sort of sipdown, as i'm sending the other half of the sample terri sent me to FuzzyP :) The worst part of today? this review has been sitting open for hours and i...” Read full tasting note
“This tea had a lovely balance between the sweet and the savoury. I didn't get the strong peach notes until later steeps, but I did get a lot of fruity tones from it including, longan, prune, fig...” Read full tasting note
Taiwan Tea Crafts is thrilled to have secured an exclusive Lot of Black Tea made from the newly developed TRES No. 21 tea strand called Hong Yun.
In more concrete terms, Hong Yun is the result of a hybridization project that involved crossing the Indigenous Shancha Wild Tea strain with the one responsible for the famous Qimen Black Tea (or Keemun) originating from the Huang Shan mountains of Anhui Province in China. The result is surprisingly balanced and perceivable in the combination of aromas and tastes. First of all, in both cases these are sophisticated teas that are charmingly smooth, refreshing and easy to drink. Hong Yun is obviously in the same vein. The tangy cherry fruitiness of the Qimen blends in beautifully with the honey sweetness and thickness of the Shancha. The result is like a harmonious duet of crystaline voices. Its exotic and alluring, yet recognizable and comforting and so easy to drink. While this tea may not have the body to support milk or accompany your Christmas pudding, it is certainly would be a good choice for accompanying a good read next to a fired-up hearth.
Style of tea? -Formosa Black Tea
Picking Date? -August 2012
Oxydation level? -High
Roasting Level? -None
Terroir? -Sun Moon Lake
Administrative Region? -Nantou County
Picking Style? -Hand Picked
Varietal(s) Used? -Hong Yun, TRES No. 21
Garden Elevation? -800 m
Company description not available.
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Another tea I drank yesterday. No real comments to make about it, but I’m realizing that I’m not as much of a fan of Taiwan blacks as I originally thought I was. I do love the Sun Moon Lake Assams, & the other ones aren’t bad, or anything like that, but I’d much rather drink a yunnan or Fujian instead. Just saying…
Now I have to go practice! For tomorrow’s wedding, the recessional is ‘One Love’, by Bob Marley! That will be fun!
sipdown! even if it is a fake sort of sipdown, as i’m sending the other half of the sample terri sent me to FuzzyP :) The worst part of today? this review has been sitting open for hours and i can’t even focus enough to write it. Long story short this is a really tasty tea, though i think it’s a little too different for me to keep around always. if that makes sense. it’s fruity, but in a specific sort of peach grape way, as tastybrew said, rather than that generic “fruity” taste i get. thanks for sharing terri! this one’s neat!
This tea had a lovely balance between the sweet and the savoury. I didn’t get the strong peach notes until later steeps, but I did get a lot of fruity tones from it including, longan, prune, fig tones, mulberry and lemon. This was bonded to the savoury notes by butter caramel, which evolved into honey, cocoa, malt and cereal notes and a touch of salt. The savoury herbaceous notes I found were, lemon thyme, the flavour you breathe in when you crumble dried oregano, cilantro, cinnamon, and towards the end ginger and artichoke. I got nine steeps out of this tea . (1tsp, 170ml,95°C: rinse, 10, 15,20,25,35,45,60,120,180s), and it has been a pleasant companion today.
Thanks TastyBrew for the opportunity to expand my experience with Taiwanese blacks!
This generous sample came to me from Terri Harp lady – thank you!
5g 150ml gaiwan 205F
This tea has similar profile as “High Mountain Red” Ai Lao Mountain Black Tea by Yunnan Sourcing. Some peach, plum, grape, by 6 steeping there is strong grapefruit note. this tea is very good quality tea. I’m not rating this tea because I’m not experienced in Taiwanese black teas.
Thank you so much Terri, I’m grateful for the opportunity to taste such a wonderful and unique tea.