Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Shan Valley
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This Black Tea from Shan Valley has a nice, roasted taste to it that reminds me a bit like coffee! A bit of an unexpected flavor, but, it’s tasty.
The dry leaf is a small CTC cut, which immediately communicates to me that it should be brewed at a slightly lower temperature (205°F instead of 212°F) and steeped for slightly less time (2 minutes instead of 2 1/2 or 3 minutes). This produced a tea that was strong but not bitter … although I do notice some hints at bitterness here. I think that even just a couple more moments steeping would have resulted in a bitter brew.
But this is nice. I can’t recall tasting a pure black tea quite like this one before. It is rich and malty, reminding me a little bit of an Assam. It has a sweet, almost cocoa-ish background that reminds me of a Fujian black. It is pleasantly full-bodied, with notes that hint at caramel, smoke, toasty nut flavors, and an earthy quality. And then there is the coffee-ish overtone that is quite compelling. This tastes a bit like maybe someone poured a half coffee-half Assam tea concoction for me but without the bitterness of coffee.
I like this one a lot. It is an excellent choice for that first cup of the day, because it’s got some gusto to it!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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