Review: Driftwood Tea Red Jade (Hong Yu) Black Tea

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Thumbs up!"There are soft fruity tones throughout, followed by nice bread-like flavors, and lastly, a fleeting hint of a cinnamon spiciness that just seems to elevate this tea to a higher level."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 8/10
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This is a black tea from Taiwan, an area known largely for their fine oolong teas. The leaves are long and fluffy, and I noticed a distinct cinnamon-like spicy quality to the aroma of the leaves. I could tell this was going to be a delicious cup, just from that first whiff of the dry leaves. I used a generous 1.5 teaspoons per 8 ounces of water to accommodate the airiness of the tea. I infused the leaves for three minutes in boiling water. The resulting tea is a light coppery brown color. This is a fairly light-bodied tea, but it offers sufficient flavor notes to be fairly complex. There are soft fruity tones throughout, followed by nice bread-like flavors, and lastly, a fleeting hint of a cinnamon spiciness that just seems to elevate this tea to a higher level. All together, this is a unique tea that really left me looking forward to each subsequent sip. It is a very smooth-drinking cup; no harshness or astringency can be found. I enjoyed this tea both hot and iced, suggesting that this is a rather versatile tea. It is not a heavy-duty breakfast tea, but is still certainly solid enough to drink in the morning, as well as any other time of day. This is my second experience with Driftwood Tea, and so far I am very much impressed. I would recommend this tea to anyone curious about black tea from Taiwan, as this is a shining example of the black tea that Taiwan can produce.

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