Review: Cameron Tea Taiwan Beipu Black Tea

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Thumbs up!"This was an interesting tea but not one that I would stock. It is a complex tea but a lot of the faces just didn't compliment each other well."
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cameronorientbeautMy sample today is from Cameron Tea which is a Taiwanese tea company that specializes in premium loose leaf teas from Taiwan. They don't tend to carry a large variety but what they have tends to be top notch. My sample today is an example of such. It is a fully oxidized version of a traditional Oriental Beauty tea.

My sample consists of large thin black leaves that really didn't have much of an aroma. Just a fairly faint fruity scent. I had a slight quandary about how to brew these leaves as I had only enough for one pot. It is a black tea but I know that some black teas respond better to being brewed at a lower temperature. I would have appreciated some brewing suggestions on the web site. I might not go with them but they do tend to give me a starting place especially with the pricier teas.

I ended up brewing them as I would a darjeeling with my water at 195 degrees and a steep time of 3 minutes. The leaves seemed to respond well to these brewing parameters giving up a liquor with a reddish-gold coloring and a delightful aroma that is both woody and floral.

This is definitely a tea with a lot of different faces. When hot, it has a sharply sweet top note that lingers with a base that reminds me of apple wood. No astringency but a bit of a bite and it is almost as though the two notes don't want to sing together. As it cools, the top note fades away and the tea picks up a mineral twang along with a sweet fruitiness. When it cools down further, it develops a flavor that I found really enjoyable. It was one of spices, baked apples and apple wood.

This was an interesting tea but not one that I would stock. It is a complex tea but a lot of the faces just didn't compliment each other well. Would I drink it again if offered? In a heart beat. I just know to let it cool down quite a bit first.

— To purchase Cameron Tea Taiwan Beipu 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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