|"What a great cup of tea! Just sharp enough to really satisfy a thirst and delicious enough to also savor."|
My sample today consists of long black tea leaves that are fully oxidized. They are long enough that I suggest weighing the leaves rather then measuring. There isn't much of an aroma though I catch just a hint of raspberry leaves. I set the leaves up to brew using boiling water and a steep time of two minutes. The resulting liquor is a dark, reddish brown that has a sweet, yet not thick, malty aroma again with a hint of raspberries.
Now first, I will admit to adding a bit of rock sugar to the cup as is my habit with black teas. This favor is rich, dark and bold with just the slightest hint of astringency. There is a very nice balance to this cup. Flavors of raspberries wrapped in a dark, slightly bitter, chocolate dance across the tongue followed by a supporting cast of grains and a mineral twang. And as an added treat, there is a sweeter aftertaste that lingers on the roof of the mouth. As the cup cools a faint bitterness develops so this is one tea to drink fresh and hot or let it cool down more and the bitterness will fade away. Interesting complexity.
What a great cup of tea! Just sharp enough to really satisfy a thirst and delicious enough to also savor. It's one that I could see myself keeping around as a special treat on weekends.
— To purchase Cameron Tea Taiwan Sun Moon Lake Black Tea – Formosa, 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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