Taiwan Wild 'Shan Cha' Black Tea

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea Leaves
Flavors
Blueberry, Fruity, Malt, Maple Syrup, Sweet, Fruit Tree Flowers, Yams, Blackberry, Honey, Sage, Thick, Green Wood
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Caffeine
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 8 oz / 250 ml

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  • “Black tea is not necessarily a regular in my tea consumption schedule, but I’ve been trying to explore more lately and I am really glad that this is one of the ones that I decided to try out,...” Read full tasting note
    94
  • “You know all those time you read tea reviews and tasting notes, and find that the flavours descriptions are all exaggerated. Yeah well, this is not one of those times! Yams and blueberries. I...” Read full tasting note
    92
  • “I’m not surprised I’m upping the rating. I accidentally over steeped it for about 3 minutes and 15 sec in my French Press, and the result was a sticky and sweet blackberry concoction of slightly...” Read full tasting note
    94
  • “I really didnt want any black tea, malt is not my thing at all. so much tea with ‘golden’ in the title lying around not being finished I try not to buy any more. But this one came recommended from...” Read full tasting note
    92

From What-Cha

A thick sweet blackberry aroma coupled with an incredibly smooth honey sweet taste and spicy blackberry notes.

A most unique tea which is indigenous to Taiwan and still grows wild in certain areas. It is rarely sold as the plant loses it’s distinct characteristics when cultivated and so the only tea production is from the surviving wild growing bushes.

Tasting Notes:
- Thick sweet aroma with notes of blackberry
- Smooth honey sweet taste with spicy blackberry notes

Harvest: Summer, August 2016

Origin: Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan
Altitude: 500-600m
Producer: Mr. Pong
Sourced: Specialist Taiwanese tea wholesaler

Cultivar: Shan Cha (wild growing tea bush indigenous to Taiwan)
Picking: Hand

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5 Tasting Notes

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Black tea is not necessarily a regular in my tea consumption schedule, but I’ve been trying to explore more lately and I am really glad that this is one of the ones that I decided to try out, because it is fantastic.

The leaves of this tea have the sweet aroma of maple syrup and blueberries, which grows even more welcoming once steeped. And the taste itself does not betray the aroma. It’s sweet, smooth and fruity, with a hint of malt in the finish.

I liked this one so much that I made it a point to stock up on more while I could, and it is now my main go-to when I’m in the mood for a black tea.

Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity, Malt, Maple Syrup, Sweet

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You know all those time you read tea reviews and tasting notes, and find that the flavours descriptions are all exaggerated. Yeah well, this is not one of those times! Yams and blueberries. I honestly had a hard time believing this wasn’t a flavored and sweetened tea. I felt like someone had thrown in a spoonful of blueberry jam while I wasn’t looking.

This is very light for a black tea and a whole different animal from what I was expecting. 3g in 250ml for 3 minutes, followed by 4 minutes and then 5 minutes. Will definitely order again.

Flavors: Blueberry, Fruit Tree Flowers, Yams

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
Fjellrev

Oh wow, you’ve sold me on this one. Onto the wish list it goes.

Sqt

You know what makes it even better? This particular tea is 25% off this month. I plan to order another 200g.

Fjellrev

I see that! Told myself not to make more orders but this is hard to resist.

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I’m not surprised I’m upping the rating. I accidentally over steeped it for about 3 minutes and 15 sec in my French Press, and the result was a sticky and sweet blackberry concoction of slightly spicy notes. How they sang from the body was incredible, making this 22-year-old virgin silently mouth carnal exclamations that he could only imagine. Go two and three did not have the same honey sweet ecstasy, though number two’s blackberry sage notes rose back up as the liquor cooled. Number three was a pale ghost of the black tea that it was – even after eight minutes steeping. Yet the memory of the first experience remained as an unfortunate reminder that it was a one morning stand. Perhaps we could meet again in the future, but what could a student teacher really afford at this time? Til the next sippin’…

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I really didnt want any black tea, malt is not my thing at all. so much tea with ‘golden’ in the title lying around not being finished I try not to buy any more. But this one came recommended from Alistair, and I liked the description so I went for some – & really glad I did.

Possibly one of the nicest black teas I have tried. It has a fruity blackberry taste & aroma, with honey-sweet smoothness, & an slight oily leaf taste reminiscent of wuyi yancha running through it. In fact it has the taste of a steeped wuyi, you know when the roast has gone and you are left with the leafy taste (in a good way?) it kinda has that, under the bolder black tea taste. It also has a nice tongue-whetting aspect from the sweetness.

If you like the other smoother black teas that what-cha have/had (the georgian one springs to mind) or just want something slightly different from the usual golden malty blacks, you should consider trying this, the blackberry fruit really lifts it into special territory.

I have been drinking it gongfu, but I’m pretty sure a well made cup of this would sing at the right times.

Flavors: Blackberry, Green Wood, Honey

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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