Honey Black Pomelo Tea Balls

Tea type
Black Food Blend
Ingredients
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Flavors
Alcohol, Bitter, Brandy, Citrus Fruits, Honey, Orange, Orange Zest, Stewed Fruits, Sweet, Citrus Zest, Citrusy, Grapefruit, Medicinal, Pleasantly Sour, Raisins, Roasty
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5 g

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  • “Warmed leaf smells like Grand Marnier. So many alcohol references from me lately. I wanted a nice full session of this, so I put the whole damn 10g in my pot that normally takes 7g. I figure half...” Read full tasting note
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  • “First time had, it was so pithy bitter. Second time had, so sweet! Too sweet? How did I brew it the first time? I don’t remember. Second time was western with a strainer in a mug. Equal parts...” Read full tasting note
  • “Gongfu Sipdown (1428)! Feeling summery so I broke out this Honey Black Pomelo sample to have a sipdown session with this afternoon!! I’m a big fan of chenpi, but I have to say that the intensity of...” Read full tasting note
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Like some of our Dong Ding Oolongs, this tea has hundreds of years of history. This unique tea is high quality Honey Fragrance Black Tea mixed with the pulp of a Pomelo before being placed back in the intact Pomelo peel and then processed in the traditional Hakka way. Through a series of steaming, sun drying, and baking these ingredients create a tea ball that can be aged or drunk right away, and has a unique flavor profile that you can’t find anywhere else!

Unmistakably medicinally flavors of this more traditional tea are a stark contrast to the other types of Hakka tea that we offer on the site. Strong citrus, sour notes, bitters and black tea are the name of the game for this one. Used as a medicine for colds and the flu in the past, you can understand why this tea would have been used for medicine!

It is a living tea, one of a kind, and will only get better with age. If you do plan on storing it make sure the area you store it in is very dry. Throwing it in a ziplock bag would be a good idea as well!

Like all our teas, there are no artificial added flavors, colors or chemicals in this tea. All flavors are completely natural and agrochemical-free!

Elevation: 300m

Status: Agrochemical free garden

Cultivar: Big Leaf Oolong and Organic Valencia Orange

Season: Winter 2018

Method: Traditional Hakka Dried Fruit Tea Processing

Region: Rueishuei, Hualien

Recommend Brewing Style: ~100C water, 5-10g of tea and peel

You can treat it like a puer, or a black tea, or even a pour over coffee. Water to eat ratio is also up to you. You can include the orange husk or just chip out the tea. It seems drinking it with the peel is a much better experience as the fruity sweet sour taste is more pronounced. Treat it like a puer with short steeps seems to work well also.

While this tea is legally preserved for export, it may fall under gray areas for some bureaucrats/zealots. If it does get confiscated unjustly at customs please rest assured that we will refund the money to you. We will take that risk upon ourselves!*

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Warmed leaf smells like Grand Marnier. So many alcohol references from me lately.

I wanted a nice full session of this, so I put the whole damn 10g in my pot that normally takes 7g. I figure half is pomelo peel, so… caution to the wind!

Aroma is orange liqueur almost exclusively… which has its own set of implications, of course: overripe and fermented fruit, vaporous and funky. Marmalade. Triaminic orange cough syrup, for a non-boozy reference… god, I loved that stuff as a kid. Liquid is quite transparent and progresses from straw- to caramel-colored.

Taste is the delicate, filmy version of all this — a “marnier and water,” if that were a thing. The real kick is in the smells here, but the scent is not separated and floating above the flavor (as so often happens with flavored teas) — they are well-integrated and become a singular experience. The black tea base doesn’t really announce itself, which lets the pomelo shine. There is some bitterness from the pith that shows up, but it’s not distracting and balances the almost-cloying sweetness. Provides some tongue tingling in later steeps. Eventually the bitter keeps on steeping, the nice things fade… and here we take our leave.

For the record, 10g was not too much material at all. Long steeps didn’t become astringent or too pungent. Seems like this would be great iced in summer.

Flavors: Alcohol, Bitter, Brandy, Citrus Fruits, Honey, Orange, Orange Zest, Stewed Fruits, Sweet

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First time had, it was so pithy bitter. Second time had, so sweet! Too sweet? How did I brew it the first time? I don’t remember. Second time was western with a strainer in a mug. Equal parts pomelo rind both times. So why so sweet this time? Roasted honey sweetness and a hint of raisin from the black tea balanced well by dark, citrusy-medicinal taste of the pomelo peel along with mild pithy bitterness and the vibrant sweet-n-sour pomelo note from the pulp mixed in with tea during processing. Minglemingle. The sweet and sour interplay is dynamic. Would make a great wintertime boiler on the stove.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus Zest, Citrusy, Grapefruit, Honey, Medicinal, Pleasantly Sour, Raisins, Roasty, Sweet

Preparation
5 g
Cameron B.

This sounds delicious, I love grapefruit and pomelo things! I’ll have to keep it in mind. :D

derk

10g sample, perfect for a try without feeling burdened if you don’t like it.

derk

Following my recommendation as Mountain Stream Teas being a friendly tea company to check out, my boss bought a whole pomelo for his wife for Christmas, along with some other teas of course. And I gave him my unopened packs of Ginger Flower Oolong and Sanxia White Tea. I can’t wait to hear what she thinks of their teas!

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Gongfu Sipdown (1428)!

Feeling summery so I broke out this Honey Black Pomelo sample to have a sipdown session with this afternoon!! I’m a big fan of chenpi, but I have to say that the intensity of this quirky pomelo infused black tea does give it a run for its money!! Steeps start out dark and sweet with notes of smoky burnt sugar, leather, buckwheat honey & woody undertones. From there they take a quick left turn into this super bright and lively citrus burst – sweet and sour like a good Lemonade but balanced by a gentle pithy bitterness from the pomelo rind! This feels like it could very easily become an addictive summer tea stash staple!

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