Made from the QingXin Cultivar, this Black tea has a very gentle character. It is lightly sweet and very fragrant; it is for these reasons that it’s known as 'Honey-Scented Black Tea'. This small-leaf cultivated varietal is much less tannic than what you might be accustomed to by way of its big-leaf, more tannic cousin, Assam. The first few steepings will render a bright tea liquor with a sweet, fragrant finish. This tea’s warming nature makes it a great tea to drink first thing in the morning, during the winter, or on a cold rainy day.
This tea is qualitatively different from Big Leaf Varietals from both Sun Moon Lake in the South of Taiwan, and those of India, and Sri Lanka. Genetics aside, a couple of major differences are that this Taiwanese Black tea is grown from small gardens, unlike its Indian and Sri Lankan counterparts which are grown on large plantations. Drink this tea now, or store for a few years and enjoy the character that only comes with age. The buds and small leaves were fully oxidized and processed as a Black tea. It’s not just an extremely tasty Black tea, but it shows a full spectrum of flavors that can be obtained from the tree.
Hand-picked, April 27th, 2018
This tea is best prepared gong-fu style or in a large filter that gives the tea leaves room to expand.
Ingredients: Black Tea from Taiwan (made from QingXin Small-Leaf Cultivar)
Brewing Instructions: 6-8 g tea | 150 ml water | 212° f | 30 sec each steep
Each pouch contains 2 oz loose leaf.
About Leaf of the East:
Leaf of the East searches for tea grown without pesticides and fertilizers. If fertilizers are necessary, they must be organic. In addition to being kind to the earth, this practice results in healthier farming communities and happier tea drinkers. Teas made in this almost forgotten tradition are drinkable examples of why green is good.