Review: Tea at Sea Mountain Organic Indonesian Black

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Thumbs up!"This cup’s light and smooth feel is very pleasant, as well as its concentrated spicy baked fruit finish. It makes for a great afternoon pick-me-up, but might not be bracing enough for breakfast. Overall, a solid offering at a very reasonable price, especially for an organic product. "
Sophie’s Teaview: 7.6/10
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teaatseaindonesianblackThis is my first time tasting an Indonesian tea. This offering was grown in the Halimun Mountains, at an altitude of 800m above sea level. It’s decidedly an odd-looking leaf. Rolled into purplish black clumps, it’s hard not to think of raisins. The tea has a predictably tannic scent, with a hint of currant and elderberry.

I follow the instructions on my sample’s package, brewing a heaping teaspoonful of leaves in 250ml of water. After a 5 minute long steep in boiling water, the tea is still quite light bodied. The tan coloured cup’s aroma mixes roasted barley and currants. The sip starts off with mild mineral and baked bread notes. Most of the flavours are concentrated in the sweet finish. Roasted squash, baked fruit, cinnamon, cloves and malt really pop out and then linger. The combination makes me think of pumpkin pie.

I infuse the leaves again for 6 minutes. The cup is much less fruity than the previous, tannic wood notes prevailing, especially cedar. A semi-sweet chocolate taste has also appeared, making the feel alternatively creamier and rougher. The complexity of this tea's flavour profile is definitely impressive.

I manage to pull a final, third cup following an 8 minute long infusion. The results are good but not great. It’s similar to the previous brew in profile, with malt, chocolate, and sweet spice notes, but getting a bit bland, especially as it cools. I decide to quit while I’m ahead.

This cup’s light and smooth feel is very pleasant, as well as its concentrated spicy baked fruit finish. It makes for a great afternoon pick-me-up, but might not be bracing enough for breakfast. Using a lot of leaf and a long steep time are essential to getting the most out of this tea. Otherwise it would be too light to be interesting. While it has some quirks, this is a solid offering at a very reasonable price, especially for an organic product.

— To purchase Tea at Sea Mountain Organic Indonesian 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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