2018 Honey Black Tea Bug-bitten, Loose Leaf

Origin: Thailand
Harvest: Spring 2018
Cultivar: Jin Xuan (TRES #12)
Availability: In Stock
$12.00
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A flavorful black tea, not a simple one, but bitten and aged. Harvested in May 2018’s from Jin Xuan Oolong bushes, bug-bitten leaves.

As you can see, there are buds here, which is rare for the black tea from oolong material. Usually, they use the third or fourth leaves for the black teas, and the upper flushes go for the spherical taiwaneese-style oolongs.

When brewed, the taste profile is charming: honey and chocolate tones on a fruity background, woody-floral flavors. Let's see where that comes from.

The honey tones are clearly from cicadas. Chocolate is from the lightest heating. Fruitiness – from the oolong nature. Everything is logical here, everything is in its place.

What surprised me is the sugar sweetness at the root of the tongue in the aftertaste. This is a rare guest, not every tea can boast of it.

The tea is soft and easy to drink. It warms up moderately.

My conclusion is: a good, rather rare bug-bitten black tea, especially considering the age.

Reviews (2)

I have already tried five similar teas (red oolong tea) from different places. The current one is positively distinguished by the absence of roasted bitterness.
However, there are both honey notes of Mi Lan Xiang and tropical fruit notes characteristic of the red teas of the current place.
This tea is soft enough in brewing, which allows it to be brewed stronger and more vigorously, to the desired thickness and without the tartness.

Instant strong sugary aroma with hints of fruity and floral.
Taste-wise there are earthy notes of brown sugar, cacao, cinnamon, and honey.
There is a slightest hint of astringency, but no bitterness with longer steeps.
Wet leaves smell of burnt sugar and cacao.
The tea has a long stamina. Been brewing the same steeped leaves all day.
A very pleasant and easy to drink black tea.

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