Traditionally Black Tea was processed from a large-leaf varietal (Var. Assamica) due to its robust character. However, small-leaf varietal (C. Sinensis) has turned into a popular specimen for making black (red) tea. This practice first originated in Taiwan in Ming Jian as an experiment by the local farmers. The popularity of small-leaf black teas soon spread to Taitung as a practice to generate economic value during summer which was normally "fallow period" for tea picking and production due to the heat.
We are proud to offer this modern black tea to you in an organic way at an extremely affordable price. Its soft body and smooth taste will certainly please people who were not familiar with small-leaf varietal black tea, providing a great introduction!
Harvest: Varied / 不定
Varietal: Four Seasons Spring / 四季春
Elevation: 450 M / 肆佰伍拾 公尺
Region: Mingjian / 名間
Oxidation Level: 85% / 分之 捌拾伍
Roast Level: 0 / 無
Small leaf when it's dry and nice medium sized leaves when brewed. This is very nice tea that is oolong/black. It has that oolong cream and sweet but also has some black tea vegetal and spice taste along with it. Lightly wilted tea it still has some green in it. I am going to keep some in a vacuum sealed pack for several years as this one is sure to age wonderfully!
A little goes a long way with this tea. The aroma has a strong sharp vegetal and fruity quality. From the first round the tea is quite satisfying. It then gets more rich and sweet with each brew. It was very much a joy to drink and serve.
As an old dog who was not a big fan of small-leaf black tea, this is still a very decent and affordable black tea. Besides the organic value, this is a great introduction to the world of small-leaves varietal tea.