Golden Dragon High Mountain Competition Black Tea Lot 347

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Candy, Mint, Stonefruit, Vanilla, Violet
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195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 100 oz / 2957 ml

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You may call him Golden Dragon if you wish but around here he goes by the name of Jin Long (meaning Golden Dragon). He is the youngest sibling of the Chen family in this household, and a very enterprising and hard working one. Not even 2 years ago, Jinlong invested in land, planted new tea gardens and started making tea in a small workshop he refurbished with new machinery. His goal was not to do like all the others around, making four season oolong, but to make black tea; more specifically, good no-comprise black tea! We are extremely proud and privileged to be able to showcase his work through this prize winning competition tea and put a deserved spotlight on him while these very limited sealed and numbered boxes are available. It comes as no surprise to this writer that this superb tea has been awarded a second place status during the annual Mingjian Tea Framer’s Association Competiton. It is unique in the way that it proposes a blend of high mountain Qing Xin leaves sourced from Shanlinxi and a smaller percentage of Jin Xuan leaves sourced locally. Both together propose an expansive spectrum of both lively stone fruit notes (peach, cherry) with hints of candied violets, fresh vanilla and wintergreen freshness. The body is supple and suave but what surprises is the most pleasant long aftertaste that simply lures you to not stop drinking it! Jin Long is on to something with this style of tea, and we’re in the right spot to follow his future endeavours! Needless to say, this exclusive tea is available in very limited quantity. Otherwise, you might also wish to consider our Shanlinxi High Mountain Black Tea that is a constituent of this winning blend.

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I try not to read vendor descriptions when reviewing a new tea, so I can have a clear mind and interpret the tea on my own, but this is a tea that I bought because I read the description and it sounded nice. I have to say the notes given by Taiwan Tea Crafts this time are actually quite on point. I do get the fresh stone fruit notes like peach and cherry. Even more so the most obvious note is the aroma and flavor of violets, which I wouldn’t even know of except that I’ve found a favorite cocktail lately called Aviation that has Creme de Violette in it, and a friend also made me some crostinis for my birthday with a violet vinaigrette on it. This tea really smells like violets, and I love that. There are some undertones of vanilla, as suggested, and a bit of a cooling wintergreen freshness in the finish, more in sensation than flavor, but perhaps a bit in flavor as well.

I’m brewing this in a small flat Gongfu Pot. I’m not going to go through many infusions in my review, so I can sit and enjoy this tea. Those previous notes were for the first. The second infusion is very rich and sweet. Makes me salivate a lot, and now the violet taste is definitely more a “candied violet” like the description said. The third infusion is still quite rich but even more smooth and a bit caramely. Flavors are similar to the first two but with a bit of malty and woody flavors in the background.

Overall i’m very impressed by this tea. It is easily among the best black or red teas I’ve had now. This one has a unique flavor profile in comparison to many others I’ve had. It’s no wonder since it is made with Qing Xin leaves from Shan Lin Xi and Jin Xuan leaves. This tea is deserving of its competition achievements. Well done, Jin Long!

Flavors: Candy, Mint, Stonefruit, Vanilla, Violet

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 100 OZ / 2957 ML

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