Wild Style Black Tea - Premium (2016)

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea Leaves
Flavors
Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Butter, Chocolate, Citrus, Cream, Fruity, Jasmine, Lychee, Malt, Mineral, Orange Blossom, Orange Zest, Peach, Pear, Pine, Sweet Potatoes
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
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5 g 3 oz / 88 ml

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  • “I think I have alluded to my enjoyment of this tea in a couple of previous reviews, so I have decided to go ahead and get a review of it up on Steepster. Also, this was yet another of the black tea...” Read full tasting note
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From Old Ways Tea

This wild style black tea is from high mountains above Tongmu village located in the Wuyishan Biodiversity Protection area. A strong but clean floral fragrance is present. The tea is described as wild style due to the conditions in which the trees are allowed to grow. The trees are by no means wild, they are still intentionally grown from known cultivars, but are spaced more widely and allowed to grow more how they please. They are not forced into the neat rows that make cutting more efficient.

Update 2017: Over the last year this tea has become by far my favorite black tea. It has a distinct aroma and flavor which I can best describe as blueberries. This flavor is present in most high mountain Wuyi black teas, but this tea displays it better than any other I have tried. Brewed normally the tea is light, smooth, with full mouth feel. When brewed extremely heavy a gentle bitter taste emerges without any other interesting developments. This tea was grown in the village of Masu, which is located in the mountains above Tongmu at an elevation of 1250 meters.

One customer’s review, posted with their permission: “Blueberries, lovely sweetness that lingers forever, great body, beautiful colour. I could easily drink it every day.”

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I think I have alluded to my enjoyment of this tea in a couple of previous reviews, so I have decided to go ahead and get a review of it up on Steepster. Also, this was yet another of the black tea samples that I finished way back in May. It’s crazy to think that my backlog still stretches that far back. Anyway, as I am pretty sure I have said before, this was a fantastic Wuyi black tea.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a very quick rinse, I steeped 5 grams of loose tea leaves in 3 ounces of 194 F water for 5 seconds. This infusion was followed by 16 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, and 7 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves emitted aromas of peach, lychee, orange zest, malt, and baked bread that were underscored by hints of chocolate. After the rinse, I detected a stronger chocolate aroma, a guava scent, and an interesting floral aroma that vaguely reminded me of jasmine. The first infusion introduced a stronger, but still somewhat vague floral aroma (jasmine and maybe orange blossom this time) and additional citrus character reminiscent of tangerine. In the mouth, I picked up on sweet, fruity, and floral flavors immediately. Notes of guava, pear, peach, tangerine, and lychee swirled around the palate with some subtle orange zest, orange blossom, and jasmine in the background before subtler, smoother notes of baked bread and malt broke through on the swallow. I noticed something of a pine note in the aftertaste that I had not picked up on earlier. Subsequent infusions saw the nose turn extremely citrusy and perfume-like. The already powerful fruit notes were amplified as were the previously more subtle malt notes. Chocolate emerged on the palate along with notes of minerals, cream, sweet potato, butter, and brown sugar. The final infusions emphasized lingering impressions of minerals, malt, and butter that were complimented by a slight woodiness and vague hints of pear, citrus, and stone fruits.

This was one of the more powerful and robustly flavorful black teas I have tried this year. It also had a tremendously lively presence on the nose and in the mouth. A very fun, vibrant, energizing black tea, I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in Wuyi black teas or those looking for a black tea with less astringency.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Butter, Chocolate, Citrus, Cream, Fruity, Jasmine, Lychee, Malt, Mineral, Orange Blossom, Orange Zest, Peach, Pear, Pine, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
5 g 3 OZ / 88 ML
eastkyteaguy

You know, I forgot to note that I expected to find blueberry notes in this tea, but never got them. Instead I got tons of citrus, pear, and stone fruit notes. Maybe I’m just weird.

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