Shanlinxi High Mountain Black Tea, Lot 345

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Tea making in Taiwan is constantly evolving. One of the emerging trends in the last years is to see more and more high-mountain growers wishing to diversify their offerings by proposing other styles than oolongs. Quig Xin Oolong, the dominant cultivar in the high mountains has great potential for making excellent black tea, providing it is in the hands of an experienced black tea maker. This is where the problem lies when the wind of change is blowing. Not all high mountain producers have the ability to make good black tea. Not satisfied with what we were finding, we decided to take the matter into our own family hands by sourcing high mountain leaves from a friend of the family in Shanlinxi and bringing them down to our family’s workshop for processing into this Lot 345. Is it good? you will ask. Good enough to be awarded a prize at this year’s Tea Farmer’s Association Competition in Mingjian as the dominant tea in the blend proposed as our Lot 347 High Mountain Competition Black Tea. If you indulge in the pleasures of high-mountian oolongs, you must try this tea. You will experience the same expansive liveliness where tangy stone fruit notes (peach, cherry) will dominate with hints of fresh vanilla and wintergreen freshness. The body is suave with very supple and silky tannins but what surprises is the most pleasant long aftertaste that simply lures you to not stop drinking it! This is a great gongfu tea as well and shows great promise for ageing

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Thanks Kittenna for the sample!

The leaf for this tea is really beautiful; it has that long, kind of twisty and gnarled leaf appearance I really like for black teas. It’s just gorgeous! The liquor is stunning too; it’s a super rich looking gold with really great clarity! I want to melt away in it…

The taste is pretty solid; it’s actually a little softer/less full bodied than I’d expected from it, but the flavour is very clean and smooth overall despite a more mild profile. It’s got sweet honey notes, which I definitely think is a solid characteristic of Taiwanese teas in general. It’s also got a lovely fruity/jammy note which is mild and kind of provides a solid foundation for the whole cuppa. Cherry, peaches, maybe red currant?

It’s very nice overall!

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Just a note to say that at some point in the past, I finished this off and it was delicious. Just love all these black teas from Taiwan Tea Crafts!

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Ok seriously….something was working for the plantations that TTC gets their teas from this year. This is another tea that i hadn’t previously tried in another lot and it too is a delicious sweet, fruity tea. Similar to butikit’s PTA, but different. I like this probably the least of the three lots that i picked up (sun moon lake and the yuchi wilkd being the other two), but this is still a great tasty tea. cherry notes are here, as well as that sort of generic stone fruit kinda of taste. there’s a little hint of vnailla like flavours as well..but it lacks the bready sort of feel of the other two. delicious!


Ooooh, black tea with cherry notes? I like the sound of that.


ttc has some great lots atm imo


I get so overwhelmed whenever I visit the site!


lol just go straight to boutique, black teas..i mean what else is there? :)


Yeah, my issue with straight blacks though is that I love them but don’t like having 30495 of them in my cupboard, so when I go there, for example, I have a propensity for wanting to order a whole bunch of them at once since so many sound good haha. Shit, I haven’t even opened the 100g bags of Teavivre black teas I ordered back in January. Hence, I’ve been avoiding TTC!


i’m with you there..still things that i haven’t opened as well :(

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