Review: T-OolongTea.com Sun Moon Lake Hong Yue Black Tea

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Thumbs up!"Somehow this has all the features of a great Sun Moon Lake black tea but none of the violent punch that usually accompanies them."
Katie’s Teaview: 8.6/10
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In general, my biggest complaint with this famed Taiwan black tea is that, while delicious, it's usually really hard on my system. I can only handle about a half cup before my insides feel like a vat of acid on fire. But I have finally found a Sun Moon Lake black with all its depth and flavour and character that is surprisingly easy to drink.

This summer 2011 tea's leaves are beautiful, long, curled black spears. After 3 minutes at 212°, I get a striking amber liquor. The cup is a brilliant mix of malt and honey balanced by a winey acidity. Most interestingly, it has "gan," that hard-to-find minty throat sensation I've only seen a few times before. You wouldn't think mint would go well with wine, but in this context, it's a delicious and interesting mix. My five-minute second steep is on par with the first, losing little of its complexity and flavour.

Somehow this has all the features of a great Sun Moon Lake black tea but none of the violent punch that usually accompanies them. It goes down smoothly and gently, a great feature for those of us who love rich teas but whose stomachs like to throw frequent tantrums when we imbibe. Recommended on so many levels.

— To purchase T-OolongTea.com Sun Moon Lake Hong Yue Black Tea, 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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