Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tea Review: Chiran (SerendipiTea)

Advent Tea Calendar Day 24

Chiran
SerendipiTea
Type: Black
Origin: Japan, Kagoshima Prefecture
Product Description:  UNIQUE! From the land revered for its superb Green Tea offerings, this Black Tea from the Chiran region of Kagoshima Prefecture is a true find. Grade 2 is made using second flush leaves from three types of Japanese cultivars (Yabukita, Kanayamidori & Fujimidori). Various Japanese greens are made from these same tea trees. The liquor of this tea has refreshing reddish color, the taste is mildly sweet.

Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaves have a savory aroma of dry wood and sweet grains.

The orange amber liquor has an aroma of roasted vegetables, string beans, a hint of citrus, and a hint of carmelized sugar.  The taste is earthy with a mineral quality and brothy with notes of roasted vegetables and a long dry finish.

Though black teas are usually best at just one infusion, I was able to get two very good infusions with a third that was weaker but still enjoyable and had taken on a much sweeter aroma.  This was a pleasantly complex and brothy tea.




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