Organic Huang Shan Hair Tip from Arbor Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Arbor Teas

Tea Description:

Our organic Huang Shan Hair Tip Green Tea (also known as Huang Shan Mao Feng) is grown in the mountainous regions of China’s Anhui province, in the vicinity of the picturesque Yellow Mountain (Huang Shan). This tea is one of the top ten most legendary teas in all of China. Mao Feng teas are usually plucked when the buds are swollen from rain but still young and tender. The medium-green leaf sets yield a pale, straw-colored infusion with light body and a smooth, somewhat sweet and lightly vegetal flavor reminding of fresh garden zucchini.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I like to taste the tea – drink about half the cup – before I start my reviews, so that I can get a good idea of what I want to say about it.  I also like to drink about half the cup before I start writing the review because, I like to wait before I read the description of the tea from the vendor so that I can formulate my own opinion about the tea without the influence of the purveyor’s description.

So, when I did get around to reading the above description, I have to say YES!  That’s what I’m tasting.  Especially when I got around to the zucchini comparison.  This tastes very much like zucchini:  mild tasting, and with a hint of butter, as if the zucchini has been either lightly sauteed in butter or perhaps steamed and then lightly buttered.  There are also notes of hay and some very faint fruit tones to the cup, somewhat apple-esque.

When I took my first couple of sips, I could have sworn I was sipping on a yellow tea … because it has some similarities in taste to my beloved yellow teas too, although I must say that this is definitely more green tea tasting than yellow tea.  But, it was quite nice to discover some yellow-ish taste to this!

Overall, I’m really loving this tea… certainly a good one.  But, as I’ve gotten to know Arbor Teas over the past couple of years, it’s become somewhat expected!  They have some of the best teas available anywhere online!  I highly recommend them!

Organic Korakundah Estate Nilgiri FOP Black Tea from Arbor Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Arbor Teas

Product Description:

This very fine black tea is produced at the Korakundah estate in the Nilgiri region of southern India, surrounded by pristine streams and virgin forests and nearly crowning the Nilgiri ranges at 8,000 feet above sea level. This organic and Fair Trade Certified tea is composed of twisted leaves of uniform size and deep brown color. As is typical of high-quality Nilgiris, the infusion offers a straightforward but delicate flavor, floral and brisk.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This is a delicious Nilgiri.

It brews to a beautiful coppery color, and the flavor is bright.  I would classify it as a full-flavored tea that falls somewhere between a Ceylon and an Assam:  not quite as bold as an Assam, but with a bit more gusto than a typical Ceylon.  It has some of those deep, baked-bread kind of flavors that I would typically taste in an Assam, as well as a crispness (briskness?) that reminds me a bit of a Ceylon.

There is also a fantastic floral note in the background.  Not overly floral, but, it certainly evokes thoughts of a flowery meadow growing somewhere near the tea estate, gently weaving hints of flavor into the breeze that then lightly caress the tea leaves.

Something I did not know, but, learned today as I visited the Arbor Teas website to read more about this tea, is that Nilgiri tea is an ideal tea to prepare as an iced tea as it is less prone to cloud.  Interesting!  This would taste great iced, too, as I find the flavor tends to smooth out as it cools … this is even tastier chilled than it is hot.  It would be lovely with a thin slice of lemon or lime!