Rainforest Alliance Certified - Strong Black

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Black Tea
Black Tea Leaves
Citrus, Malt, Spices, Stonefruits, Sugarcane
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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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From The Tao of Tea

Coonoor, Blue Mountains, India

The Blue Mountains of Southern India are home to tea gardens ranging between 2000 to 6500 feet in elevation.

Our Coonoor Tea Project
In partnership with a Rainforest Alliance Certified tea garden, we are the first tea company to build a small-scale, artisanal tea factory offering hand processed, full leaf specialty teas. The tea garden is scenically located among lush forestry and mountainous landscape.

Rainforest Black Tea
Made after plucking only the newly sprouted tips and leaves of the tea plant. The leaves are withered, oxidized and roasted making a strong black tea with a pleasant flavor.

Rainforest Alliance Certified
The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit conservation organization that certifies tea farms, ensuring that they meet comprehensive standards for the conservation of natural resources and the rights and welfare of workers and local communities. Rainforest Alliance Certification also ensures that workers have just wages, dignified living conditions and access to education and health care.

Flavor Profile:
Uplifting brew with earthy aroma and hints of black cherries and warm cane sugar.

Rainforest Alliance Certified Black Tea Leaves.

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8 Tasting Notes

60 tasting notes

Ommitted the lead up paragraph so on to the tea, if not abruptly.

The dry leaf has a smokey earthy smell with a malty overtone. Wet the leaves gain a sweetness to accompany the malt notes. The drink is not as dark or malty as I expected. There’s a slight compexity. There’s a touch of smoke that is very well proportioned to the vanilla sweetness I detect. A creamy mouthfeel is starting to reveal itself, though not too strong as of yet. There even seems to be a nuttiness offsetting the tinge of sour bitterness laced through the drink. That bitterness leans toward a chocolate-coffee at the back of the sip. Aftertaste is pleasant leaving my mouth with a clean sweetness, as well as some lingering malty notes.

I tried a second steep against the recommendations of AmazonV’s post (I was sure this came from you but address doesn’t match up-unless you really MOVED) and I should have listened. Though this tea is misnamed (strong black) I still found it very enjoyable and I thank whoever sent it to me.

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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

I like the name of this tea.

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4846 tasting notes

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea!

This is a wonderful black tea. It has a very pleasant sweetness that reminds me of raw sugar cane. This tea needn’t be sweetened – it is so wonderfully sweet just the way it is.

With my first couple of sips, I noticed a similarity to an Oolong with the soft mouthfeel and the smoothness in flavor, as well as a hint of vegetative flavor that hits right before the finish, and I thought maybe my mind was playing tricks on me because I had recently tasted another Tao of Tea black and found it to be also quite similar to an Oolong in some respects. But then I read AmazonV’s review of this tea and saw that she too had noticed the Oolong similarities, so I guess maybe my mind is not playing tricks after all. The malty tones to this tea play to the soft mouthfeel very well, giving it a pleasant thickness but without the strong, hefty kind of note that you might find in, say, an Assam black.

It is very smooth, but there is a certain rustic edge to it too. There is a moderate amount of astringency, and a hint of savory bitterness (almost like bitter chocolate) toward mid-sip that I think is almost essential given the sweetness of this tea. I taste a note of fruit about mid-sip as well. The information about this tea on the website suggests a cherry flavor, and I kind of get that, but this isn’t one of those syrupy sweet kinds of cherry flavor (this is not cough syrup cherry), but more of a insinuation of cherry that doesn’t quite become fully recognized.

An excellent black tea, even if it isn’t quite as strong as the name might suggest.


Sounds yummy…..


Yes, intriguingly yummy! I’d love to try some of this.

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6770 tasting notes

My assumptions:
This tea would be darker than dark! A pure black brew! Stronger than strong…almost coffee-like.

I was wrong!

The color was a light brown. The taste was strong but not a thick black chewy tea taste is was astringent and almost darjeeling tasting.

This was quite good just much different from what I was expecting!

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714 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 heaping tsp
Water: 500ml 180°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: vegetal yet malty or maybe toasty
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, chocolate
Flavor: malty, thick mouthfeel
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: sweet
Liquor: opaque light orange brown

A naturally sweet, mild (despite the name strong) black tea. It reminds me of an oolong with the hints of vegetal green-ness that sneak into the end of each sip.

Water: 500ml 180°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 4 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, chocolate
Flavor: Thin, malty
Body: Light
Aftertaste: astringent
Liquor: opaque light orange brown

I don’t recommend re-steeping.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2011/09/tao-of-tea-loose-leaf-black-tea.html

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I picked up a tin of this tea at a relatively new tea store on Lexington Ave in Manhattan and was thinking DARK and FULL BODIED, perhaps a great winter tea, or fatigue fighter. That is not what brewed. Instead the brew is actually rather light and not as intense as the label suggests. The taste is more delicate than brute, and in fact is quite pleasant and neatly fragrant. I’ve been using lately as an iced tea and rather enjoy it this way.

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1113 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample cookies

This BOLD tea was exactly the kick in the pants I needed this afternoon. It is sweet, malty, bold and a little astringent. Did I mention it is bold? OK, just making sure ;)

Good stuff!


Was it bold?


Really love this one. Though I didn’t find it especially bold when following their steeping directions.


I will admit to not following instructions :P

Cameron B.

Yeah, who follows instructions? Psh. :P

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193 tasting notes

I messed up the steeping on this one, but I’m pretty glad I did because it came out lovely. Instructions say to steep a tsp in 12 oz at 180º but I did my usual rounded tsp in 8oz at around 200º. Despite being named ‘strong’ black it is really very light. I imagine steeping as instructed would result in something far too weak for my tastes. There’s no astringency to note so I think I’ll steep an extra 30 seconds next time and see how that goes.
Though it’s not very strong it is very yummy. It’s light and sweet and citrusy. A little malty with a bit of stone fruit hiding in there and overall incredibly smooth. As the cup cooled a bit of cinnamon like spice became noticeable as well. Very nice.

Flavors: Citrus, Malt, Spices, Stonefruits, Sugarcane

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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