Sun Moon Lake Assam from Cameron Taiwan Premium Loose Leaf Teas . . . .

Sun Moon Lake Black tea from Cameron gets its name from its home region of Taiwan.  What a celestial and romantic name! Do how did the tea compare?

This was a competition grade assam black tea.  The dry leaves were large and flat, darkly colored from the full oxidation process.  When I put my nose into the bag of dry leaves it smelled pleasantly like chocolate and dark plum.

Brewed, this tea was smooth and crisp, which was a bit of a surprise.  I’m familiar with assam teas with big names like golden tiger which brew up deep and chocolatey, with a robust warm-and-fuzzy feeling.

This assam was much brighter, tasting a little greener.  It reminded me of the tartness of a breakfast black tea, with a brisk and refreshingly dry mouthfeel. Though there wasn’t as much of the cozy chocolate notes as I expected in the brewed tea, there were plenty of sweet fruit flavors like apricot and plum alongside the more traditional black tea notes.

Maybe the duality of Sun and Moon come into play in comparing the tea’s scent with its taste.  The fragrance of the dry leaves are very much the evening moon, with darker, richer tones of cacao and purple plum.  The brewed leaves are much more like the sun, bright and crisp and perfect for breakfast.

This is a great tea if you are looking for a high quality assam that will surprise you.  Take a walk on the brighter side of assam and brew up a cup of Sun Moon Lake tea from Cameron.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Cameron Taiwan Premium Loose Leaf Teas
Description:

Sun Moon Lake is located at altitude of 700m, surrounded with mountains and lakes with remarkable environment and typical climate. Heavy moist and stable yearly average temperature make the tea trees grow thick and rich tea leaves which produce carmine and perfectly clear liquor.

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Plum Oatmeal Squares Temi Sikkim Tea from A Quarter to Tea. . . .

Buttery oatmeal squares are the simplest comfort food, a warm (healthy) hug. I expected nothing less from this Plum flavored seasonal offering from A Quarter to Tea.

My first impression is strong fructose vibe from ripe plums or berries, almost the scent of a sweet wine? It’s rare that I find plum in a tea, and this reminds me of smelling farmer’s market produce in the fall. Slivers of goodies decorate the dry black tea leaves, including actual oatmeal.

The hot water awakens the blend, the familiar breakfast oats smell emerges then the tannins follow, the strong fruit smell of earlier is now just a hint. Being present for transformations like these, I find myself appreciating the effort the creators put into their products. The plum aroma gets stronger again as the auburn water gravitates through the steeper.

There is a mismatch of acidity in the two flavors which surprises my taste buds, but also somehow balances itself out. These malted and fruity flavors work really well together. The second steep mellows out the tannins and is more of a creamy fruit taste. Delicate with hint of, wow, what is this biting aftertaste? Like most flavored blends, noticeably less intense but still a good amount of flavor. None of the some cinnamon-type spice in here that I would’ve expected, but it’s oatmeal-y enough without it.

It takes a lot of guts to release a rare flavor, and this offering from A Quarter To Tea rises to the challenge, keeping things original, yet still enjoyable.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: A Quarter to Tea

Tea of the Month for November 2016

Temi’s perfect muscatel notes are blended with rich dessert flavors: plum, pastry, and vanilla butter. A warming dessert tea, perfect for this (or any other) season.

This tea is limited run, so once it is gone, it’s gone for the season. It is sold only in 0.5oz quantities.

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Plum Pear Green from the Pekoe Sip House

I couldn’t resist giving Plum Pear Green tea a try from the Pekoe Sip House.  It’s nice to see a tea featuring these fruits.  I feel as though both plum and pear don’t get enough love in the fruit-flavored options of the world.  There’s plenty of peach and strawberry teas and candies, but not so many for plum or pear.

This tea did not disappoint, and even the dry leaf was fragrant with mellow plum fruit flavors.  The stone-fruit taste of plum and apricot reminded me of some of my favorite oolong teas, with their trademark smooth earthy and fruity tones. The pear comes forward with the green tea taste, both a bit nutty and grassy at the same time.

This tea is best brewed while following the instructions, with cooler water and a two minute steep time.  To further bring out the fruit’s nature sweetness, consider adding a touch of honey to you mug.  Or give this tea a try as a cold brew and mix in a few fresh pear slices to dress it up.

This blend is juicy and fruity, against a savory green tea backdrop.  There’s a lovely buttery mouthfeel and the crisp-sweet note of pear on the aftertaste.  The blend isn’t too candy-like or over-flavored, but it’s also not too boring.  The plum and pear are nicely balanced in the overall palette of the tea and make for a very comforting, drinkable cup.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Pekoe Sip House
Description:

A gentle blend of green tea with the flavors of fresh pear and soft sweet plum.

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Plum & Pear Green Tea from Pekoe Sip House

Plum & Pear Green Tea from Pekoe Sip House there are so many things that interest me about this tea.  I am learning as I sip, actually!  First I have always wondered what plum and pear combos would taste like with different tea bases.  I think we have only ever reviewed one other Plum & Pear Tea at it was back in 2012 from New Mexico Tea Company and LiberTeas was the reviewer here at Sororitea Sisters.  But let’s talk about this Plum & Pear Green Tea from Pekoe Sip House this time around!

Plum & Pear Green Tea from Pekoe Sip House has similar ingredients with the exception of them NOT mentioning that their Plum & Pear Green Tea from Pekoe Sip House contains PAN FRIED green tea.  I will say that Plum & Pear Green Tea from Pekoe Sip House TASTES wonderful!  I agree that THIS tea is gently flavored.  The pear and plum flavors are in no way over the top!  They are more of an assist.  The Green Tea flavor is upfront and the plum, pear, and floral flavors are more subtle.

As the tea cools at room temperature I can taste the plum and pear come out to play more.  This leads me to believe that they will stand out even more if and when iced.  Yup!  I am really liking this one!  I’m also interested in any other companies that have a Pear and Plum combo out there that is heavily flavored.  Not that I don’t like this one or appreciate it because I DO I am just curious if anything!  Plum & Pear Green Tea from Pekoe Sip House is a VERY NICELY DONE flavored green!  Two thumbs up!

 


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Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Green Tea
Where to Buy: Pekoe Sip House
Description: A gentle blend of green tea with the flavors of fresh pear and soft sweet plum.

Sip the gentle blend of ripe green pears with the soft sweetness of ripe plum in this satisfying tea. With the perfect hints of citrus, sweetness and green tea, the Pekoe Plum and Pear is delicious hot or iced during any time of the year. Add in a splash of lemon or honey for a more complete cup of tea.

We recommend served hot or iced with a hint of honey or lemon.

Ingredients: green tea, safflowers, and marigolds with plum and pear flavor.

BREW TIP for Green Teas:
Water Temperature: 175 Degrees
Brew Time: 2 – 3 minutes

Tea Benefits:
• Nourishing energy that stimulates metabolic function to help lose weight.
• Anti-cancer benefits.
• Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties stimulate bone density.

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Organic Black Tea from Arum Tea

ArumBlackTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Arum Tea

Tea Description:

A sweet and malty flavor that jolts the taste buds, with a caramel undertone and a floral finish.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I don’t think I’ve come across a black tea quite like this before. For starters, it’s appearance reminds me more of an oolong. The leaves are black/brown in colour, but they’ve been rolled into oolong-like pellets, complete with leaf stem! The scent also puts me in mind of a dark roasted oolong – it’s rich and kind of earthy, with a metallic tang. I guess these characteristics could describe a black tea too, but I personally associate them a lot more with darker oolongs, as I do the leaf preparation. Still – we shall see! I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3.5 minutes in boiling water. The liquor is a medium golden-brown, so I made no additions.

It might look like an oolong, but it certainly doesn’t taste like one! It’s actually a mildly malty, delicately sweet tasting tea, with strong stone-fruit notes. I’m picking up apricot mostly, followed by a mild plum flavour towards the end of the sip. It’s incredibly juicy-tasting, almost as if it were infused with fruit juice rather than just being tea. It’s not, of course, and that’s what’s so incredible about it. I’ve not come across many like it previously, with the exception of Butiki’s Mi Xian Black. If you liked that one, this is definitely one to try. As it cools, I’m also picking up some bready, almost yeasty, notes. The fruitiness fades a little at this point, so it’s not as unusual as it sounds.

I really enjoyed this cup. It’s sufficiently different from other black teas to provide some much-needed variety, and the fruit notes are a particular highlight. It’s a fairly light tea, both in terms of liquor colour and body, but it’s certainly not short on the flavour front. The leaf barely unfurled on my first steep, so I imagine this one will also yield significant resteep value. Recommended!