Review: JING Tea Li Shan Black

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Thumbs up!"An excellent black tea touched by caramel and peachy goodness!"
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So much for spring. We are back to the rainy days. At least I don't have to water my flowers and it is just right for an excellent black tea to warm up with. This particular tea happens to be the JING Tea's founder's favorite tea of 2010. And since I have always been impressed by the JING Tea's offerings, I am really looking forward to giving this tea a try.

My sample consists of dark blackish brown tea leaves that are tiny, thin and wiry. The aroma is a yeasty floral one. It really does tempt me to make up some fresh bread to go along side it. The instructions on this one are slightly confusing. In one place it shows that a 10g bag will make 10 cups yet in another it says to use 5 grams of leaves per cup. I decided to go with my old standby for black tea which is 4 rounded teaspoons to 4 cups of boiling water and let steep for 3 minutes.

The resulting brew is a reddish brown in color that almost reminds me of a darjeeling. The aroma is yeasty with a bit of peaches mixed in. Imagine a fresh slice of bread with peach preserves. The taste is just delicious. I can see why this would be a favorite tea of the year. It has a medium mouthfeel and is just full of flavor. The peachy taste follows thru along with a caramel flavor which lingers on. Now it reminds me of a peach upside down cake. What I find interesting is that as the tea cools down, the mouthfeel becomes heavier and the taste of bread becomes more evident. It also becomes just a touch dryer.

I can easily see this tea becoming one of my favorite black teas. Give it a try and I am sure that you will fall in love also.

— To purchase JING Tea Li Shan Black, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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