Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Tea At Sea
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.
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!
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!