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This is a first flush black tea, and is processed as is local tradition in Myanmar, the tea leaves are a little more uneven and have a balanced flavor. This tea is similar to the Kyaukme Black Tea. We get our green tea directly from local tea growers in Myanmar (Burma), which include family and farmers, we do not import anything from other companies!
Shan Black Tea from Shan Valley quickly became one of those go-to teas to kick start my mornings! After my initial first taste it was easy for me to do follow-up cups without having to put too much thought into it. Therefore, I think it was a good ole stand-by. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying this to ‘cheapen’ this tea. It’s a very good solid black tea. It’s straight-forward and transparent in a sense that it has nothing to hide. I like that.
To try and give you a ‘visual’ of my experience…after steeping or infusing the tea for about 3 minutes the post-infusion color in the cup was a VERY dark brown nearing black. The aroma was a medium- strength black tea with no flavorings or hints at other natural scents. It wasn’t flowery, it wasn’t really malty per say, and it wasn’t what I consider cakey or bready. All I DO know is that I really enjoyed the cuppa. If anything it was more woodsy, I suppose. But not overly-so. It was pretty smooth. And it was even thirst-quenching for a bold black tea base…yet another thing I appreciated about this tea. Give it a try!
Where To Buy: Zi Chun Tea Co
A high quality organic black tea – this unique tea was developed & refined by the Taiwan tea research station. It is a cross between an Assam strain from Burma & a local wild strain. A truly great tea.
A noticeable cinnamon aroma and carries a subtle, but pleasant mint flavor.
WOW! Just…WOW! This is SO amazing on SO many levels! This is a mighty fine Black Tea, right here, folks!
Hong Yu (Red Jade) Taiwanese Black Tea from Zi Chun smells a little like tomato soup and/or tomato bread…I LOVE the aroma! The taste is toasty, creamy, malty, a mellow black tea, meets a hint of cherry tomato type undertone but then changes up and evens out.
By the after taste I can find that mint note the description says lingers…it’s so amazingly different I can’t NOT like this one! I would HIGHLY recommend this tea to ANYONE!