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Wild Black Tea

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Wild Black Tea

from 2.87

Oxidation: 40%
Origins: Bamboo Mountain, Nantou
Country: Taiwan
Baking Level: 6
Elevation: 750 Meters
Harvest: May 2016

This "wild" tea has a long, thin, stringy appearance when dry, along with a sweet and slightly floral and spiced fragrance off the leaves (hints of cinnamon sugar… or cinnamon raisin bread). Rinsing the leaves brings out many layers of complexity, with strong fruity aroma taking the lead, with some cinnamon toast-like notes falling to the background.

Initial Steeps:

Steeps of this tea produce a dark golden brown liquor that smells delicious, like cinnamon toast (crunch?!), complementing the spiced, floral, and fruited leaf fragrance. The rounded fruit tone reminds me of a nut liquor (like almond or something?). This is definitely a very unique tea. The brew has a full and slick mouthfeel, and tastes fruity and semi-sweet with retro nasal notes focused on sweet cinnamon (without the spicy sensation usually associated with cinnamon). The brew is also slightly savory, spiced and floral top notes are accented by dried fruit flavors and aromas.

Later Steeps:

Overall, this is a very unique black tea that takes a few unexpected twists and turns with its unique flavor and fragrance. Its hard to imagine that anyone would find this tea unpleasant, as it has nothing but pleasant character. This tea really excels in combining an intriguing atypical fragrance with a very smooth flavor profile. It also is deceptively subtle, with a layered profile that rewards attention, and is understated such that it is likely approachable to those that are turned off by, for example, overly strong floral or fruited character. I can see myself going back to this tea over and over.

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Oxidation: 40%
Origins: Bamboo Mountain, Nantou
Country: Taiwan
Baking Level: 6
Elevation: 750 Meters
Harvest: May 2016

This "wild" tea has a long, thin, stringy appearance when dry, along with a sweet and slightly floral and spiced fragrance off the leaves (hints of cinnamon sugar… or cinnamon raisin bread). Rinsing the leaves brings out many layers of complexity, with strong fruity aroma taking the lead, with some cinnamon toast-like notes falling to the background.

Initial Steeps:

Steeps of this tea produce a dark golden brown liquor that smells delicious, like cinnamon toast (crunch?!), complementing the spiced, floral, and fruited leaf fragrance. The rounded fruit tone reminds me of a nut liquor (like almond or something?). This is definitely a very unique tea. The brew has a full and slick mouthfeel, and tastes fruity and semi-sweet with retro nasal notes focused on sweet cinnamon (without the spicy sensation usually associated with cinnamon). The brew is also slightly savory, spiced and floral top notes are accented by dried fruit flavors and aromas.

Later Steeps:

Overall, this is a very unique black tea that takes a few unexpected twists and turns with its unique flavor and fragrance. Its hard to imagine that anyone would find this tea unpleasant, as it has nothing but pleasant character. This tea really excels in combining an intriguing atypical fragrance with a very smooth flavor profile. It also is deceptively subtle, with a layered profile that rewards attention, and is understated such that it is likely approachable to those that are turned off by, for example, overly strong floral or fruited character. I can see myself going back to this tea over and over.