Honey Red Jade from Golden Leaf. . . .

One morning I was feeling a little groggy and needed a quick pick-me-up. Instead of messing with loose leaf tea I decided it was time to try out this tea. To be honest, I was a bit hesitant because oolongs are very hit or miss for me. I tend to gravitate towards the sweeter varieties though, so I had high hopes for this.

I was pleasantly surprised with the depth of the flavor profile. It was warm, rich and almost nutty with a sweet finish. I love honey notes in tea, and I was not disappointed here. This was such an enjoyable cup and I was shocked that I could get so much flavor from a tea in a sachet. (It is worth noting that this tea is also available loose).

I did steep this tea a second time as well. I again was pleased when the second steep was still very flavorful, though just a bit more mild and sweet, in my opinion. I absolutely loved this tea. I thought it was incredibly smooth. I also thought that it did extremely well on its second steep, considering it was bagged. I think this would be a great tea for long work days when you need something strong but are short on time.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  Golden Leaf
Description

Third Place Award Winner at the North American Tea Championship 2015.  Honey Red Jade Tea is a unique fermented black tea from the pristine hills of Taiwan. Hand-picked and processed, Honey Red Jade Tea is grown naturally to encourage the tea leafhoppers to feed on the tea leaves, producing a natural honey fragrance when the enzymes from the leafhoppers interact with the tea plants. This tea brews to a dark caramel color with a sweet fragrance and refreshing taste.

Honey Red Jade tea is irresistible when it is hot. It is even better when it is cooled. The unique sweet floral and honey fragrance becomes more pronounced, with a slight hint of citrus. This is a black tea you can leave in your cup or tumbler and not worry about over steeping or drinking it cold. Over-steeping and bitterness is not a problem with this unique black tea.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Honey Red Jade from Golden Leaf Tea. . . . .

I’m a sucker for bug-bitten oolongs and their characteristic honey flavor. Although I usually avoid black teas for health reasons, I couldn’t resist a straight black tea with honey in the name. I did not know anything about it at the time I drank it and took notes, but I have since looked it up and am not surprised to learn that this is a Taiwanese black tea produced from tea leaves that have been nibbled on by leafhoppers. It tastes exactly like you would expect that description to taste, in the best way.

The sample I received came in a pyramid sachet. This is also available in loose leaf. I brewed three steeps in the sachet, but if I were to do it over again I would cut open the sachet and put the loose leaf in a steeper. I opened up the sachet when I was done and the reddish-brown leaf was still not fully unfurled even though it had filled up all of the space available. It’s just really good leaf, and it deserves room to breathe.

The dry leaf smells like honey, malt, and sugar. It steeps up a nice amber color. The flavor is malt and honey. Simple but beautifully executed. It’s seductively smooth for two solid steeps. A third steep is possible but comes out watery; I had to top it off with some actual honey. If you’re looking for a black tea that’s a little different than the usual, this one’s worth a try.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy: Golden Leaf
Description

Third Place Award Winner at the North American Tea Championship 2015.  Honey Red Jade Tea is a unique fermented black tea from the pristine hills of Taiwan. Hand-picked and processed, Honey Red Jade Tea is grown naturally to encourage the tea leafhoppers to feed on the tea leaves, producing a natural honey fragrance when the enzymes from the leafhoppers interact with the tea plants. This tea brews to a dark caramel color with a sweet fragrance and refreshing taste.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Honey Red Jade Tea from Golden Tea Leaf. . . .

This oolong is Today’s Blessing.

It’s the 4th tea I’ve tried today and the first I’ve liked. I was starting to despair that my taste buds were dead. But no — this tea is a lifesaver!

It’s a yummy oolong (my new favorite jam) with a sweet honey/nectar tang. It tastes like the spring. This distinct flavor is from the leafhoppers interacting with the tea leaves.

Let me save you a Google, friends.

A leafhopper is a little vegetarian insect that is super-into sap and sweetness. When they bounce around from local nectars onto the tea leaves, they spread that sweetness around. Into your tea.

If you think about this a whole lot, it might seem kind of unusual. But consider Kopi Luwak, the most expensive coffee in the world. It’s processed from, well, civet feces. Feel free to check out the Wikipedia page on this.

So the leafhopper thing suddenly became 100% better, right?

I have decided I’m on board with leafhoppers. They’re my newest animal kingdom friends.

Way to go, guys. You’re cute, and you come in a bunch of colors. And the tea is tasty.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  Golden Tea Leaf
Description

Honey Red Jade Tea is a unique fermented black tea from the pristine hills of Taiwan. Hand-picked and processed, Honey Red Jade Tea is grown naturally to encourage the tea leafhoppers to feed on the tea leaves, producing a natural honey fragrance when the enzymes from the leafhopper interact with the tea plants. This tea brews to a dark caramel color with a sweet fragrance and refreshing taste.

Honey Red Jade tea is irresistible when it is hot. It is even better when it is cooled. The unique sweet floral and honey fragrance becomes more pronounced, with a slight hint of citrus. This is a tea you can leave in your cup or tumbler and not worry about over steeping or drinking it cold. Over-steeping and bitterness is not a problem with this tea.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Pine Oolong from Golden Leaf Tea

The dry leaf and the first brew of this oolong smelled like sour green fruit, like white grapes.  Brewed, the tea reminds me of a kukicha green tea, with a slightly fermented flavor with notes of sweet grass and new hay.  There’s an extra mineral sharpness to this tea, and that might be the “pine” part of this oolong.  There was an almost-lemon citrus flavor that made my mouth pucker with tartness.  I brewed this tea twice, and by the second steeping, the blend had more warm roasted tones and notes of honey, making for a smoother experience than the first brewing.  
I like the idea of an evergreen tea, such as pine or spruce…. maybe not hemlock (which is poisonous, just ask Socrates). Still, I love the smell of pine resin in the woods and the smell of green Christmas trees.  This tea doesn’t quite satisfy that evergreen feeling, but Pine Oolong from Golden Leaf Tea is a solid oolong with a nice balance of sweet and sour fruitiness.  


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Golden Leaf Tea
Description: Pine Oolong Tea is a semi-fermented delicate green tea from the pristine hills of Taiwan. This tea brews to a light honey color with a slightly floral fragrance that lingers after the last sip. A light and delicate green oolong.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Honey Red Jade Tea from Golden Leaf Tea

HoneyRedJadeTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black Tea

Where to Buy: Golden Leaf Tea

Tea Description:

Honey Red Jade Tea is a unique fermented black tea from the pristine hills of Taiwan. Hand-picked and processed, Honey Red Jade Tea is grown naturally to encourage the tea leafhoppers to feed on the tea leaves, producing a natural honey fragrance when the enzymes from the leafhopper interact with the tea plants. This tea brews to a dark caramel color with a sweet fragrance and refreshing taste.

Honey Red Jade tea is irresistible when it is hot. It is even better when it is cooled. The unique sweet floral and honey fragrance becomes more pronounced, with a slight hint of citrus. This is a tea you can leave in your cup or tumbler and not worry about over steeping or drinking it cold. Over-steeping and bitterness is not a problem with this tea.

Available in tea bags or loose form.

Benefits:  Aid in heart health.  In a 2009 research by Arab L. et al., it is said that people who consume 3 or more cups of black tea per day have a 21% lower risk of a stroke compared with people who consume less than 1 cup per day.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Honey Red Jade Tea from Golden Leaf Tea is a fermented tea from Taiwan.  Straight from the bag you’ll see tightly rolled tea leaves waiting to release their magic.  Once these rolled leaves hit hot water – BAM – they puff out and open to fill the tea cup with magnificent black tea!  The post-infused aroma of Honey Red Jade Tea from Golden Leaf Tea is that of a biscuit and honey duo which was very pleasing to the nose.

I think I was expecting a brash and overly rich black tea flavored base to this on the tongue but it has a more even sip than I thought it would.  I’m not saying that is good, bad, or indifferent – it’s just something I was surprised by.  It had a woodsy-type flavor that seemed to come and go.  I do like this tea.  It’s satisfying.  Honey Red Jade Tea from Golden Leaf Tea is pleasant and not overly done in any way.  Perhaps this would be a nice loose leaf to share with friends…especially if you are unsure of their tea tastes.  Personally, I think this is perfect for early to middle of the afternoon.  I would need something more robust to start my day off but it might be better for those not into the super strong tasting black teas, too.