Sun Moon Lake Organic

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Black Tea
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205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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  • “I don't know what made me decide on this tea for this morning. I guess it's because I asked Casey what I should drink first this morning. He said "oolong" and I was thinking black...So, this...” Read full tasting note
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    CharlotteZero 372 tasting notes
  • “*My first tea addition so if I make any mistake plz correct me! One amazing organic tea I tried at a small amount(~20gr) from zen8tea. The leaves were mixed in oxidation and small holes were...” Read full tasting note
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    dukegus 8 tasting notes

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Assam tea bushes were brought to Taiwan Sun Moon Lake by the Japanese during the occupation in 1925. The Japanese sent out tea experts to search the island for an ideal growing location with the best soil and climate, and chose She-shui in north Sun Moon Lake, which sits 800 meters above sea level. Since then, Sun Moon Lake has become famous for their black tea.

Taiwan started exporting black tea and in 1934, and by 1936 became as popular as the Assam tea from India and Ceylon. European judges unanimously praised Taiwanese black tea for the unique fragrance of the tea grown at an elevation of 2000-3000 meters. This tea became much sought after and sold for up to $32 per kilogram – the equivalent of 2 days’ wages for the average worker. By 1937 it became more popular than Taiwan’s other most famous teas: Oolong and Baozhong. This tea is exceptionally smooth, with light fruity and floral notes in the aroma, a super smooth body, and a fruity, honey-like taste. It unites the taste of traditional black tea with the soft and smooth character of oolong tea. This tea makes a great iced tea too !

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372 tasting notes

I don’t know what made me decide on this tea for this morning. I guess it’s because I asked Casey what I should drink first this morning. He said “oolong” and I was thinking black…So, this mysterious tea came to mind!

I’ll add some notes to this after I am put on hold. Yesterday I spent 11 hours on the phone with both AT&T and Yahoo! trying to fix a problem with my work email. Last time this happened, it took us three days to speak to someone who knew how to help us. Well, here we go again…

So, I’ve been on hold for 1 hour and 45 minutes now. If you’ve ever been on hold with Yahoo, you’ll realize that this means I have been listening to the same redundant “song” for more than an hour of that time. Anyway…This was rinsed for 30 seconds. It brews to a deep amber/red color, but the flavor is definitely closer to an oolong than a black tea. It’s quite fruity and sweet, but lacks body. It’s nothing special, but it did come with a free Buddha statue just like the one in the picture!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

Yet another reason I finally gave up & switched to Charter for my internet. I’ve never been happier!

CharlotteZero

This is our email we’ve used since my parents started their winery in 2001. We are finally going to switch to another service and set up email addresses @ our domain name now, I hope!

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*My first tea addition so if I make any mistake plz correct me!

One amazing organic tea I tried at a small amount(~20gr) from zen8tea.
The leaves were mixed in oxidation and small holes were noticeable, because of a small small leaf hopper insect(maybe like OB?), as zen8tea explained to me in a msg.

It’s rolled like an oolong and I used for brewing enough just to cover the bottom of the gaiwan. The water was 95C most of the times and steep time was 45s+15 every time.

From what I rememberm because I have none left now:
The brew was nice amber color. The fragrance was intense, sweet, ripe flowers(if that makes any sense…). Taste was sweet and soooo smooth, the brew was quite full bodied regardless the little brew time. Aftertaste was lingering for quite a while, a beautiful reminiscence of this fragrant tea.

I really miss this tea now that I don’t have any…
I don’t really know a way to excuse my rating, is there a certain rule like
20 for looks, 20 fragrance, 20 taste, 20 aftertaste, 20 special?

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Angrboda

The only rules about how to award points to a tea is the rules you decide for yourself. :) Some people just rates it depending on how they feel that day. Others have deviced a scale of intervals to help them decide how many points a given tea should have.
It’s entirely up to you to decide how it works best for you.

DukeGus

Cheers, thx for the info about the rating. I think it always helps to have a somewhat…objective way to rate anything, from homebrew to tea…

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