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Organic Mountain Indonesian Black Tea from Tea At Sea


IndonesianBlackTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Tea At Sea

Tea Description:

Grown in the Halimun Mountains of Indonesia at 800m above Sea-Level, treated with natural spring water and fresh mountain air. The fully oxidized tea leaves have a complex smoky aroma and a rich, smooth, malty taste of deep forest with hints of cedar.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I’ve had a few different Indonesian black teas, but, I can’t recall having one that I liked more than I’m enjoying this Organic Mountain Indonesian Black Tea from Tea At Sea.  It’s so good!

The first thing that I notice is the malty notes.  It’s almost “thick” with malt taste.  And unlike other malty teas (Assam, for example) I detect no bitterness with this tea.  Just smooth, sweet, rich flavor with a delectable sweet caramel note that complements the malty flavor well.  It reminds me of the sweet, caramelized crust of a freshly baked loaf of bread.

Then I start to notice the complexity of this tea.  It’s not just sweet and malty and richly full-flavored.  It has lovely woodsy notes to it as well as a far-off smoky note, evoking thoughts of walking through the woods and smelling the smoke billowing out of a chimney from a log cabin in the distance.  It tastes warm and earthy and cozy.

This is the kind of tea that I’d like to curl up to on a chilly afternoon.  Then again, it does taste quite nice as it cools, making a tasty iced tea.  However, with the chill comes less of the complexity, so if you want to enjoy the many flavors this tea has to offer, I recommend trying it hot first!

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