Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Shan Valley
Our tea is has satisfying roasted flavor blend and strong taste. This tea is naturally processed from our green tea to further enhance flavor.
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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!