Sun Moon Lake Spring Red Jade T-18 Black Tea, Lot 644

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Bread, Brown Sugar, Dried Fruit, Fig, Green Beans, Malt, Menthol, Molasses, Olives, Prune, Savory, Smooth, Sweet, Vegetal, Wood
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
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Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec 4 g 11 oz / 317 ml

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  • “Sipdown! (7 | 211) Out of Chinese black tea samples and into Taiwanese now! I’m not sure how I feel about this one. It’s not what I typically think of for a Taiwanese black tea, which usually...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Backlog. Weird is how I would describe this tea. It’s got this strange wood and menthol taste that I found off-putting. No aroma in the dry leaf. Wet leaf smelled like Vicks Vaporub and had some...” Read full tasting note
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From Taiwan Tea Crafts

We sold out of Mr. Li’s excellent spring offering and were eager to see what his October production would be like. To our surprise, it’s better! Mr. Li grows and produces tea with his wife and two teenager boys from leaves that never see a drop of synthetic pesticide. This cleanliness is definitely noticeable in the cup! “Clean” is again the word that comes to mind when the nectar reaches your lips, mouth and throat. This tea flows without dips or spikes in a harmonious balance of fruity and spicy notes without a hint of harshness. Compared to our previous spring Lot 612, this one is smooth and very fragrant. We are now more and more inclined to select teas from cooler seasons as they tend propose a more supple body and the beautiful jammy fruitiness typical of T-18 teas. If you enjoyed Lot 612, this Lot remains generous and full-bodied but with al little less astringency, and what aromatics! Red Jade Tea is as much a pleasure for the nose as it is for the taste buds! As producers of Red Jade Black Tea ourselves, we know when we are in the presence of a superior quality tea. This Lot 644 is definitely a benchmark Red Jade. Finally, this particular Lot was tested for compliance with the stringent EU norm for residual pesticide content and it came out squeaky clean – another good reason for supporting Mr. Li’s work!

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Sipdown! (7 | 211)

Out of Chinese black tea samples and into Taiwanese now!

I’m not sure how I feel about this one. It’s not what I typically think of for a Taiwanese black tea, which usually brings to mind honey, cinnamon, fruity, malty sort of notes.

This does have some of that, but for me it leads with a strong overcooked green bean flavor and notes of olives?! Very savory at the beginning of the sip, which I was not expecting at all. I do get some of those dark, sweet muscovado sugar and molasses notes starting mid-sip, and a bit of the expected fruitiness. Definitely very dark and syrupy dried fruit, like prunes with a touch of fig. Malty, yes, that’s there as well, and some bready chewiness. A hint of menthol in the aftertaste…?

So I suppose the second half of the sip is more what I would expect, ha ha! But the beginning just completely throws me off with its strong savory, almost briny vegetal notes. Not one that I would reorder, but still very fun to try!

Flavors: Bread, Brown Sugar, Dried Fruit, Fig, Green Beans, Malt, Menthol, Molasses, Olives, Prune, Savory, Smooth, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Backlog.

Weird is how I would describe this tea. It’s got this strange wood and menthol taste that I found off-putting. No aroma in the dry leaf. Wet leaf smelled like Vicks Vaporub and had some darjeeling woodsiness. The first steep tasted exactly like how it smelled. As it cooled, the menthol lessened a bit and I tasted more of the woodsy, bug bitten flavor. The next two steeps had the same medicinal taste.

I gongfued this tea and could have kept going but decided to stop after the 3rd steep. I really disliked the minty/menthol taste which seemed all that this tea had to offer. There wasn’t any depth nor did the tea change from steep to steep.

I’ve heard great things about Taiwanese black tea so my experience here was a letdown. This was one of four black teas in my Taiwanese black tea sampler pack from TTC. Hoping I have better luck with the others.

Flavors: Menthol, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 5 OZ / 160 ML
Chrysostom

I’m a big fan of their Yuchi Wild Mountain Black

LuckyMe

Thanks for the recommendation. Luckily I’ve got that one in my sampler pack. Will be trying it next.

Cameron B.

I just tried this one, and it tasted so much like overcooked green beans and black olives to me! o.o

LuckyMe

@Cameron B, that’s slightly more appetizing that my impressions of this tea though. I haven’t had much luck with Taiwanese blacks in general. Still prefer black tea from China.

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