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Assam Black Tea #8 from Zi Chun Tea Company

March11

Assam-8-148x98Tea Type:
Black Tea

Where To Buy:
Zi Chun Tea Company

Product Description:

Premium quality Assam black tea produced in the famous Taiwan black tea growing region of Nantou county. We have two varieties of this specialty tea to choose from.

Item code: YA-BT4004-T and YA‐BT404A‐T
Also known as: Taiwan black tea
Harvest Date: Summer 2013
Growing Region: Yuchih township, Sun Moon lake area, Nantou county, Taiwan
Elevation: 1000 m
Varietal: Assam (TRES No. 8)
Grade: AAA
Farming Methods: Hand picked, low pesticide
Production: Fully oxidized with a light roast, appearance of long twisted strands of full leaf
Other notes:

It may come as a surprise to many tea enthusiasts that consider Taiwan only for its magnificent oolongs, but Taiwan has also a long history of producing black teas that date back to the early 1920′s. Then under Japanese rule, Yuchih township, situated on the shores of the scenic Sun Moon Lake of central Taiwan, was chosen for it’s perfect climate and soil for the growing of Assamica tea bushes. The Japanese objective was then to compete with the striving British commerce that ruled over the trade of black tea. They could never compete in yield, but, surprisingly enough, the quality of these Taiwanese black teas attracted such attention that it sold very well in New York and London. With the demise of the Japanese at the conclusion of WW II, black tea virtually disappeared from the island. Today, one can easily experience why this tea was successful through the revival of this heritage Assam tea.

Refined by the Taiwan Research and Extension Station, this TRES No. 8 Assam strand presents itself as a large, wonderfully curled and lustrous full leaf; reminiscent of the best of Baozhongs. A wonderfully fruity aroma emanates from the cup that evokes stewed cherries and apricot jam. In the cup, one experiences a round, fruity sweetness that is quite heady and very refreshing. A warm velvety body satisfies the palate and withstands the test of a dash of milk.

Very exuberant and satisfying, a “must try” tea for all English style tea drinkers… and oolong drinkers alike!

Tasters Review:

I enjoy sharing tea with friends and family…however…Assam Black Tea #8 from Zi Chun Tea Company is one that is quite hard to part with!

I LOVE everything about this tea.  As soon as I open the package the dry aroma is very impressive and tempting.   The smell almost reminds me of Croissant with Apricot Jam in the middle.  The leaves are long, thin, and winding.   As it infuses the aroma morphs into a more rich black tea and crusty or bread-like scent which is equally inviting.  The post infusion color of the tea liquid in the cup is a unique combination of Orange, Light Brown, and a bit of Grey.

The flavor is amazing!  First I picked out the Crusty-Bread-like flavors mixed in with the Cherries and Apricot hints.  It’s sweet and somewhat refreshing but at the same time has a Baked-Goods aspect closed to a ‘toast’ flavor.  It’s bold and malty and I just LOVE it!

When Zhi Chun says it’s a “Must Try” tea – I’ll second that…but friends and family might just have to pry it from my hands!

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Our mutual love for tea and writing about it inspired us to start this blog so that we could better share this love with others.

One thing I (Anne) learned very early on in my career as a tea artist is that everyone has different preferences, and every single tea tastes differently on every single palate.  So just because one of us doesn’t happen to like a tea, doesn’t mean that YOU (the reader) will not.

We try to be as impartial as we can.  We do have our favorites.  We are human.  But we do our very best to be as fair and as honest about a tea as we can be.

You might not agree with my assessment – or with Jennifer’s assessment – of a tea.  But that’s OK… if we all liked the same exact tea – we’d only need ONE kind of tea and … wow… that sounds really boring, indeed!

What a beautiful world it is that we have so many teas to suit so many tea enthusiasts!

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