Sun Moon Serow - Formosa Assam

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea
Flavors
Chocolate, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Sweet, Earth, Mushrooms, Plums
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 8 g 9 oz / 276 ml

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  • “Had this one a while ago and initially enjoyed it very much. And then the severe drying effect kicked in. What causes this dryness? This is not an uncommon thing in teabento teas. Can someone...” Read full tasting note
  • “Talking too long, I oversteeped, undereafed and oversweetened this. It’s still tasty. I get a malty, thick mouthfeel, almost like a honeyed quality. A touch drying but not in a bad way, almost like...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Big, twisty black leaves. Brews a medium orange with an earthy aroma. Mild and slightly sweet with a definite plummy flavor and a slight mushroom note. Mild with and earthyness like decaying leaves.” Read full tasting note
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  • “My box from teabento arrived a while ago, but since I was between homes, while staying at a friend’s house in her absence, I was a bit here and there, so I wanted to wait to open my box of samples...” Read full tasting note
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An amazing Assam Black Tea grown in the Sun Moon Lake area in Taiwan by using traditional and organic methods. Its leaves are among the most gorgeous we have ever seen. The notes of fruit, flower, earth, molasses and brandy meld together into a unified, delicious fragrance. The Taiwanese terroir eliminates some Assam boldness resulting in a mellow, delightful taste with a touch of ripe plum, molasses, baked bread and mild spice. A must-try for every black tea lover, especially for those who want something special.

>> to find this tea at: https://teabento.com/en/product/sun-moon-serow/

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Had this one a while ago and initially enjoyed it very much. And then the severe drying effect kicked in.

What causes this dryness? This is not an uncommon thing in teabento teas. Can someone enlighten me?

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Talking too long, I oversteeped, undereafed and oversweetened this.

It’s still tasty.

I get a malty, thick mouthfeel, almost like a honeyed quality. A touch drying but not in a bad way, almost like it adds to the flavor if that makes sense. Hint of spice (might be the cayenne tea I just drank though), hint of cocoa, something floral, and… fruity?

Honeyed, malty, thinly chocolaty juicy. Yep, that’s about right. Quite spectacular if I do say so, for a severely long steep.

Flavors: Chocolate, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Big, twisty black leaves. Brews a medium orange with an earthy aroma. Mild and slightly sweet with a definite plummy flavor and a slight mushroom note. Mild with and earthyness like decaying leaves.

Flavors: Earth, Mushrooms, Plums

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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My box from teabento arrived a while ago, but since I was between homes, while staying at a friend’s house in her absence, I was a bit here and there, so I wanted to wait to open my box of samples until I was firmly established back at home. And so, here I am.

First of all, I must say that I adore teabento’s website: really nicely designed, great images and tea descriptions, and easy to navigate.

Also, I’d like to mention that my interaction with my teabento person was delightful. If that continues to be the flavour of their customer service, they are most definitely on the right path.

This tea is the first packet I’ve opened. My packet contained enough tea for two efforts at steeping and sampling on two separate occasions.

The scent of the leaf in the packet is plum and earth. Intoxicating. The plum scent continues with steeping.

The dry leaf is long, spindly, and quite beautiful. It is wiry leaf, so it tends to leap out of your measuring spoon. I measured likely more than half of the packet into my western style steeper and steeped briefly.

My first sip, though I had let the tea sit a short while after steeping, was a bit astringent, to my surprise. The plum and earth flavours became richer as the tea cooled, adding a gentle sweetness. The closer to the bottom of my cup I get, the more enjoyable this tea becomes with more stone fruit emerging.

The second and third steeps continue the plum, honey, and stone fruit.

All in all, a nice enjoyable tea.

Thank you, teabento, for generously sharing this with me to sample.

Flavors: Earth, Honey, Plums

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Thank you so much to Teabento for sending me a gloriously generous parcel full of samples! I am so excited to try these because I can always use good black tea in my life.

Total sucker for Assams so I expected this to be awesome to the tenth power, but this is a lot thinner than I would have imagined. I’m primarily picking up on a bready note, akin to a light rye. Then there’s some soft fruity sweetness in the background.

I personally wouldn’t buy this one but I’m super stoked to try the others!

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Another cup of this today to try and see if i can get through the last of my samples. End of September is coming up soon! I rather enjoy this one, though i’m finding on the second time around there’s a bit of astringency in the last bit of the after taste. Leaves my mouth a little dry. However, the brew is sweet, plumy and quite enjoyable! thanks again tea bento!

MissB

Hilarious. Three for three! (In what samples we chose)

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