I’ll be exploring some of the offerings of Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co. in the coming days. I needed something green, but couldn’t wait for the spring batch to arrive. So I impulse-bought a bunch of samples to cure my spring fever!
This is a great tea. Delicious complexity – fruit, floral, creaminess, with just enough savory edge to round everything out. Great lasting citrus/fruit aftertaste that is every bit as strong in the final infusions as it is in the beginning. Also very dynamic – the tea changes not only from infusion to infusion, but also develops substantially in the mouth from arrival to finish.
The only drawback is perhaps the price, but that depends on your wallet and your budget. However, BTTC’s 10g sample is very affordable and well worth getting so you can treat yourself to a high-mountain experience! The tea is long-lasting enough to go many infusions, so a little 60ml gaiwan is perfect to stretch out the 10g sample over three solid sessions.
Dry leaf – HERBAL: fresh parsley and cilantro; NUT: dry roasted peanut; CREAMY: salted butter. In preheated vessel – NUT: beautiful, rich roasted peanut, very Bi Luo Chun like.
Smell – FRUIT: tropical fruit, stone-fruit, citrus; FLORAL: lily of the valley; VEGETAL: buttered green vegetables; NUT: roasted peanut. Hints of marine saltiness, even notes of cinnamon-raisin bread.
Taste – VEGETAL/HERBAL: green leaf, green herb, cilantro, lemongrass, buttery sweet green veg; FRUIT: lychee, apricot, coconut, citrus; CREAM: sweet cream, salted butter; NUT: roasted peanut. Some marine saltiness and savoriness.