|"This is a topnotch, masterfully produced example of Red Jade tea, with lots of flowery mint and honey notes. Smoother, sweeter and more floral than traditional blacks, it blurs the lines between black and oolong teas. "|
Eco Cha recommends quick, repeated steepings to pull the most flavour from the tea, with the least amount of astringency. I infuse 3 grams of leaf in 250ml of water heated to 95 degrees Celsius for 1 minute, loosely following their instructions. The copper-coloured cup has a strong floral scent to it. There are distinct lily of the valley and hyacinth notes. Taking a sip, the flavours closely mirror the aroma. As the tea cools, syrupy hints of honey, clove and cinnamon also develop. An elusive minty taste pops out once in a while as well. Before I know it, I’m down to the dregs.
I quickly steep the leaves again for 1 and a half minutes. The cup is similar to the previous one, with the addition of slightly tannic brioche and toasted bread notes. The finish is also more obviously minty. It’s a very lush and rich brew overall.
After a 2 minute-long brew, the results are again more tannic and less smooth, a little roughness appearing at the end of the sip. The cup mostly features watery malt notes. I could probably get another steep from the leaves but I decide to quit while I’m ahead.
This is a topnotch, masterfully produced example of Red Jade tea, with lots of flowery mint and honey notes. Smoother, sweeter and more floral than traditional blacks, it blurs the lines between black and oolong teas. I would definitely purchase this leaf for myself and highly recommend it to others, especially considering its reasonable price point. Bravo!
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