Ancient Forest

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Earth, Honey, Malt, Vanilla, Wood
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 10 oz / 295 ml

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A specialty of the southwest province of Yunnan, this unique tea is harvested from ancient trees on the protected land of Jingmai Mangjing’s Blue Mountains. 100% organic, hand picked and sorted, this black tea brews a rich, earthy infusion with notes of cedar and honey.

Water Temperature: 206 F degrees
Caffeine Content: Medium Bold
Steep Time: 3-5 minutes
Ingredients: Organic Black Tea.
Origin: Yunnan, China

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Art of Tea is a tea importer and wholesaler based in Los Angeles, California. We hand blend and custom craft the world’s finest organic teas and botanicals. Our teas are carefully selected directly from growers, each one offering a unique story.

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1732 tasting notes

The description of the “creamy texture and notes of amber and honey” this tea purports to provide made me particularly eager to try it. It certainly sounds divine, after all. I was even more interested when I learned that the base tea is Yunnan, as it’s one of my favourite black tea varieties.

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16 tasting notes

Love this tea, complex flavors

Flavors: Earth, Honey, Malt, Vanilla, Wood

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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58 tasting notes

This tea had a great deal to live up to, having been hand picked from tea tree’s a 1,000 years old found only in an ancient mountain preserve a mile above sea level. I don’t know if any tea could live up to such a backstory but it is a very fine black tea. It actually tastes quite like an oolong, although not quite as malty. Honey is the predominant note for me, with a woodsy body and a nice smooth finish. My only complaint is that it didn’t hold up very well after 4 steeps but that’s to be expected with the smaller leaves used.

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This was the second Yunnan black I ever had :)


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Whispering Pines Tea Company

This one: :D

I’m soooo lucky to be able to import this tea :)

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7 tasting notes

Slight smoky flavor. It reminds me a lot of pu-erh, which I later learned that Yunnan used in this blend is aged longer to form pu-erh blends. This is really my favorite of the black teas. That’s saying a lot when previously my favorite was chai.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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