3 Tasting Notes
I’m not sure why they claim this is the “best black tea” Mr. He has produced because in every measurable way the regular version is better. The aroma is far too vegetal/raw for a Chinese black tea, the mouthfeel is thin even when I brewed it with extra leaf, even close to boiling hot water doesn’t extract much taste (observes the color difference… this one never gets the rich copper color of the other), and if you steep it longer the “citrus of amarena cherries” just gets overbearingly sour. The only thing that is on par to the later picked tea is the aroma of the dry leaf which still smells like dark chocolate.
I’ve been searching and searching for the best Yunnan Gold Tips out there and these are it. Teance should be more reviewed on here because their commitment to finding the best tea is unmatched. The viscosity of this tea is out of this world. I’ve never had a more satisfying cup of red tea… Laoshan Black from Verdant comes close, but this has a complexity that you just don’t quite get from the Laoshan.
Flavors: Black Pepper, Cacao, Malt
I ordered three teas from them this past week, after being a HUGE fan of their Laoshan Black and Qilan Wuyi, and was pretty disappointed. I’m not getting much of anything from the aroma other than an unpleasant smoky smell. I also got a bag of the Laoshan Black 1st picking which smelled very similar to the later harvest version, but with a noticeable vegetal aroma… the problem is that it was so sour I couldn’t even drink it. I’m not sure if this was from improper storage that allowed bacteria to grow, often attributed to really sour tasting tea, or if this is how it was supposed to taste. Really disappointed with this most recent order from them. I will not be ordering from them again.
Flavors: Smoke, Wood