Organic Mi Xiang Bai Lu T-17 Black Tea, Lot 928

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Apple, Apricot, Cinnamon, Citrus, Cream, Earth, Honey, Malt, Peach, Raisins, Sarsaparilla, Tangy, Tannin, Wood
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Certification
Organic
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195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 oz / 120 ml

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  • “I added this tea to my massive TTC order because I was intrigued by the stonefruit and citrus notes they described. They also mentioned that they made Bai Hao, one of my favourite teas, from this...” Read full tasting note
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There is no denying that we have a particular fondness for the Bai Lu T-17 Taiwanese cultivar developed by Taiwan’s Tea Research and Extension Station (TRES). Our unique Fragrant Jade Organic Green Tea will attest to that and our inkling towards Oriental Beauty teas made with this cultivar is also a give away. It will come as no surprise that we jumped on the occasion to harness the second spring flush of the same garden from which we produced our Lot 909 green tea from when it was offered to us. The result is here and we are thrilled to share it with all of you. This is an elegant yet unpretentious tea that is perfect for the warmer months of the year. The refreshing tangy citrus notes that prevail in our Green tea are still there followed by subtle fruity notes reminiscent of litchi and white peach with a touch of wild honey sweetness – enough to earn the qualifier of Mi Xiang tea (honey aroma). The body is suave with very supple and silky tannins making it a perfect thirst quencher (hot or cold). If you’ve like our Mi Xiang Jin Xuan Black Tea, you’ll find an interest in this one. This tea was produce in April in our own workshop. Like with all our new ventures, we’ve waited nearly 2 months to see how well the tea has stabilized and mellowed. Pleased with the result, it was high time to release it exclusively on Taiwan Tea Crafts before we drank it all! Let us know what you think of it.

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I added this tea to my massive TTC order because I was intrigued by the stonefruit and citrus notes they described. They also mentioned that they made Bai Hao, one of my favourite teas, from this cultivar. The first time I made this tea, I accidentally steeped it like an oolong (25/20/25/30, etc.) because it was early in the morning and my brain wasn’t fully online. This time, I steeped 6 g of leaf in a 120 ml teapot at 195F for 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds.

Dry, these long, dark leaves smell like honey, raisins, apples, and peaches. The first steep reveals the typical notes of cinnamon and sassafras found in Taiwan black tea, along with raisins, honey, malt, apple, tannin, and a hint of peach. There’s a good balance of tangy peach/apricot/raisin and honey in steep two, plus that sassafras note. The third steep leans more heavily toward apricots and peaches, and the citrus makes a welcome appearance. Cream, wood, and malt become more noticeable in the next couple steeps, though the other flavours are still strong. By steep seven, the citrus and stonefruit are almost gone, leaving raisins, malt, sassafras, wood, earth, and tannins.

While it is not mind-blowing, this is a very drinkable black tea that has many of the flavours I enjoy. I’m getting a bit tired of its amorphous raisin/stonefruit/tangy profile since I’ve had a lot of teas featuring it recently, but that’s more my fault than the tea’s. I’ll have no issue finishing my remaining 15 g and recommend it for those looking for an easy-drinking experience.

Flavors: Apple, Apricot, Cinnamon, Citrus, Cream, Earth, Honey, Malt, Peach, Raisins, Sarsaparilla, Tangy, Tannin, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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