Honey Fragrance Black Tea (2017)

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Black Tea
Black Tea Leaves
Almond, Bread, Brown Sugar, Butter, Chocolate, Citrus, Cream, Honey, Malt, Mineral, Orange Zest, Orchid, Peach, Sweet Potatoes
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5 g 3 oz / 88 ml

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Sweet tasting black tea with natural honey fragrance. This tea is slightly more astringent than the grass fragrance, fairly fast steeps can be used to bring out the most flavor. Good mouth feel and lasting taste. This tea was grown in the banyan area and is a majority of small leaves with a few larger leaves.

Update, as I’ve become more familiar with this tea. One day I got distracted and left this tea on its 3rd steep far too long. The color became a dark red and despite my fears the steep was entirely drinkable. It was not nearly as bitter as I expected and the long steep brought out an interesting depth of flavor.

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I’m still going through the backlog, but I’m making considerable progress in clearing it out. After I post this review, I will only have three teas left from September, and so far, I only have five teas to review from this month. It may seem sad, but I have had neither the time nor the motivation to drink much tea lately. This has been due to me kind of being on a big health kick. I’m trying to sleep more, take in fewer calories, avoid junk foods, stick to a meal schedule, and work out much more frequently. I just suddenly got sick of feeling like crap and being down on myself and realized that I needed to shake up my routine in order to improve both my body and my mind. Unfortunately, I spent the better part of the last five years settling into this netherworld of just being out of shape enough to develop a few health concerns and feel bad all the time, but not so much that I looked all that unhealthy, and I am now trying to do something about it. A lot of the time that I would have previously spent sipping tea and writing is now being spent exercising and working around my house, so the backlog is growing much more slowly than it was over the summer. Anyway, this was one of the last teas I drank in September. I only had a sample pouch of it, so I could not play around with it much, but I still found it to be a very good Wuyi black tea.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a very quick rinse, I steeped 5 grams of loose tea leaves in 3 ounces of 194 F water for 5 seconds. This infusion was chased by 16 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, and 7 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves emitted aromas of honey, peach, and tangerine. After the rinse, I noted new aromas of malt, roasted almond, and baked bread. The first infusion introduced a buttery scent. In the mouth, the tea liquor presented notes of honey, peach, and tangerine that quickly faded to reveal impressions of malt, baked bread, and roasted almond. Subsequent infusions introduced subtle aromas of cream, chocolate, orange zest, and brown sugar. New impressions of minerals, cream, chocolate, and orange zest appeared in the mouth alongside belatedly emerging butter notes and hints of sweet potato and orchid. The final few infusions offered lingering mineral, tangerine, roasted almond, malt, and orange zest notes that were backed by hints of honey, peach, and butter.

Of the black teas I have tried from Old Ways Tea, this was neither the deepest nor the most complex, but it was a very pleasant, engaging black tea with nice texture and very respectable longevity compared to some of the other Wuyi black teas I have tried. I could see it making either a wonderful introduction to the world of Wuyi black tea or a great daily drinker for those who prefer sweet, fruity black teas. Overall, I greatly enjoyed this tea and would have no issues with recommending it to curious drinkers.

Flavors: Almond, Bread, Brown Sugar, Butter, Chocolate, Citrus, Cream, Honey, Malt, Mineral, Orange Zest, Orchid, Peach, Sweet Potatoes

5 g 3 OZ / 88 ML
Daylon R Thomas

It was surprisingly similar to a Shan Lin Xi black for me. Considering the price, it be my go to daily drinker for a black. And I’m kinda there with you for the health kick. I’ve been grading full time and bouncing back and forth in the afternoons for subbing, so it’s been a little difficult to cram tasting notes and working out. The best way to get healthy with limited time for me has to organize or plan everything ahead with minimum goals to achieve before the larger ones. I’m personally not in bad shape, but man oh man is it easier to manage a classroom after I’ve gotten my full workout regiment in for the weak.


eastkyteaguy: Good job making progress in more ways than one! I’ve been in a funk for far too long, when the sudden death of a coworker kicked off a year of losses. It’s been tough as hell and I’ve gone some dark places and let my body go more than I’m comfortable with, but I’m right there with you trying to make improvements. Gotta keep that pesky fleshbag congruent with mind and heart of the human machine. I hope the best for your endeavors.

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1498 tasting notes

I am going to have to try this one again because it has been a while. This was very similar to the grass fragrance by having a bit of a citrusy and sagey hint in the aftertaste, the overall notes were like honey infused dark chocolate with something floral going on in the texture. There were some medium malty notes in the body and taste, but they were not as thick as the Old Tree or the Wild Blacks. The honey fragrance and flavor surged through in the aroma and the teas viscous texture. The little bit of a bitterness was actually very pleasant. I was able to re brew a cup 8 times using the whole sample, the first steep being thirty seconds, and adding 30 seconds times to in the latest steeps. I cannot go into more detail than that because I can’t remember, but I can say that I would make this as a pick for a daily drinker because it is priced decently at $18 for 100 grams, even $34.20 at two hundred grams. It was also that good.

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