Review: Eco Cha Red Jade Black Tea

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Thumbs up!"The flavour has notes of malt, honey, fruit, and a subtle smokiness."
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ecocharedjadeEco-Cha is a relatively small company specialising in artisanal Taiwan teas. They have a great website, amazing shipping rates, and a plethora of information about every tea. This tea is from Sun Moon Lake in Nantou County, Taiwan, a region deservedly famous for its black teas. The leaves are dark brown in colour with a long and twisted shape.

I brew according to their gong fu directions, filling my teapot 1/2 full and brewing at 195° for 20 seconds. I get a deep amber liquor that smells of malt, fruit, and honey. The flavour has notes of malt, honey, fruit, and a subtle smokiness. There's even a rarely-found but distinctly noticeable hint of mint. "Gan" is a term popular in Chinese tea tasting, and it refers to a minty flavour as well as sensation. While this is a Taiwanese tea, I feel the need to bust out the word here, since it's not just a mint flavour, it's a minty character.

My second, one-minute steep is on par with the first, although it has even more of that amazing gan characteristic. The cup starts to mellow by my 2-minute steep three, but it remains complicated and supremely interesting for the remainder of the infusions, each of which I increase by a minute.

It has an insane amount of depth and character, finished with a brilliant, lingering aftertaste. I don't tend to keep many black teas on my shelf, but this is one I'd definitely buy.

— To purchase Eco Cha Red Jade 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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