This uplifting and elegant tea was harvested in Taiwan, on the elevation of 1500m. Taiwan is mostly famous for its high mountain oolongs but in small quantities one might find such extraordinary, high mountain black teas like the Gaoshan Red.
The leaves originate from the Jing Xin (Green Heart) cultivar from the Shan Lin Xi mountain. Both the local altitudes and the unique composition of the soil contribute to the fantastic complexity of the tea.
Hot steam frees orange-like aromas from the dry leaves and by tasting this deep amber colored brew we meet with a multitude of flavors immediately. Cardamom and cinnamon dominate in the first place, then the acidity of tropical fruits returns. There is a slight, pleasant bitterness in the long-lasting aftertaste that turns into sweetness. In the oncoming brews the sensuality of vanilla brings us the calm, warm atmosphere. The later fragrances of the tea carry woody impressions, for us it is a „back to nature” experience.
Tasting the tea from different kinds of cups is an interesting adventure because the aromas and flavours appear differently in each. We tried three distinct cups but a 30ml one gave us the most opportunities to discover the richness of this tea.
Quantity: 5-6 gramm per 150ml
Water temperature: 95ºC. From fresh spring, mineral water or filtered water
Brewing time: 15-20… seconds