Bai Hao Oolong from TeaVert

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  TeaVert

Product Description:

Bai Hao is one of most renowned oolong teas and has natural fruity aromas with notes of peaches that produce a sweet and spring honey tasting bright-reddish orange tea liquor.

Taster’s Review:

This Oolong brews to a beautiful, bright amber color that is pleasantly fragrant.  Smelling a little of flower and of fruit, with just a hint of smoke in the distance, this tea is begging me to take a sip!

The sip begins with a bright introduction of peach-like flavor with very subtle floral notes weaving throughout.  About mid-sip, the palate is enveloped with a smooth sweetness that is honey-like in flavor.  It is about this time that I notice that the light yet silky mouthfeel.

I don’t notice a tremendous amount of astringency with this cup, however, I do notice enough to mention it.  It seems to softly polish the palate.  The aftertaste is sweet with a savory whisper of tangy/sour taste.

A delightfully complex Oolong!  I love this!

Yunnan Black Gold Tea from TeaVert

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: TeaVert

Product Description:

Yunnan has a history of 2,100 years since it was domesticated from the aboriginal tea known as the ‘wild tea.’ Yunnan, a black tea, is also known as Tian Hong, which means “red tea from heaven” in Chinese.

Yunnan began producing black tea in 1940s. Yunnan Gold was originally grown specifically for export to Great Britain through Hong Kong, rather than for the Chinese domestic market. Despite this, its popularity was such that it soon began to spread throughout mainland China. Yunnan tea processing was considered a protected State secret until the 20th century.

Yunnan was a favorite of the young Queen Elizabeth, who was said to proudly display it in a glass cabinet. When it was first introduced, the rare tea could fetch nearly £900 per 500g.

All the tea-producing areas of the province are located at altitude of 6,560 feet and the region offers ideal condition for growing tea. Yunnan’s tea species are known as the “Yunnan large-leaf tea or Da Ye, and they belong to the superb tea species of the world.
This means that the tea harvest can begin in spring and continue right until the end of autumn.
Description

Tea from the spring harvest in April is considered to be the best because the leaves are the tenderest. When oxidized, the beautiful buds of the tea turn gold rather than black, resulting in a rich, smooth flavor. This tea is deliciously rich and malty, with lingering notes of chocolate and honey. The flavor builds through several infusions.
Preparation

Heat Water to 212 F, steep 5 minutes

Tasters Review:

I’ve always liked a nice strong Yunnan Black Tea but there are times when I go thru cravings or phases.  It seems I am in one of those zone lately!  But, I suppose, it’s a nice zone to be in, eh?

Yunnan Black Gold Tea from TeaVert is semi-smokey yet fairly rich and malty.  It smells more like honey than other Yunnan’s I have tried thus far. It’s a pretty strong one, too! The smokey and peppery notes are wonderful. As it cools I can pick up on a a chewier and sweeter taste than before while drinking the hotter version.

This is a goodie!

Assam Tippy – Khongea Estate from TeaVert

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  TeaVert

Product Description:

This tea has large elegant leaves with golden tips, and it is an orthodox rolled black tea. Golden tips, or buds on the leaves, increase the sweetness of the tea. Larger-leaf teas are generally rarer and twice as expensive to produce.

TGFOP translates to Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe. Teas from Khongea tea estate are always rich in flavor, deeper, and malted.

Taster’s Review:

Awesome!

I love writing about tea (obviously, right?) but it becomes a true JOY when I have a tea such as this about which to write.  This tea is one of the very best Assam teas that I’ve ever tasted.

It has a robust flavor that is very malty.  One of the maltiest teas I’ve yet to encounter.  It is a very rich and delicious tea.  It has real GUSTO and is strong enough to get me going in the morning.  There is some astringency at the tail, but because of the malty flavor that seems to coat the palate, the astringency does not effect the palate in the same way as some other black teas might.  Interesting … and delightful!

There is a chewy flavor and texture to this tea that most Assam teas that I’ve tasted only hint toward but this one really delivers.  It has a baked quality to it and it would be delightful to serve along with freshly baked scones!  It would actually compliment the deliciously biscuit-y character of the scones quite nicely.

Many add milk and honey to their Assam, and this one would take those additions very well.  I am finding it equally as nice without the milk and just a little honey, which brings out some of the sweeter, underlying qualities (lovely caramel-like tones mingling with the malty taste!) of the Assam which are a little hard to detect without the sweetener.  But if you’re looking for strong, edgy tea goodness, serve this one straight!

On the package, the steeping parameters suggested by TeaVert are four to five minutes, but I found that three minutes is a much better time for this Assam.  The first time I tasted it, I steeped it at four minutes and I detected notes of bitterness.  This time, I steeped it at just three minutes, and no bitterness whatsoever!  It’s perfect!

This is the first tea that I’ve tried from TeaVert … and it’s a good one!  With a starting point such as this, it makes me eager to want to try other teas they offer!  Delicious!

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