Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tea Review: Classic Red Tea 108 (Laos Tea)

Classic Red Tea (108)
Laos Tea
Type:  Black
Origin:  Laos, Phongsali Province
Product Description:  The raw material for this tea was collected from the tea plantations north and west of Phongsali. Although we produced a large quantity of it, the selection of tea leaves was done very carefully, according to the highest quality standards. We used a classic technology to make this Tea, so named it Classic Red Tea.

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

The dry leaves have an aroma of sweet oats and dates.

The red amber infusion has a lightly citrus aroma with notes of fresh-baked brown bread and a hint of brown sugar.   The taste is lightly tangy and almost mouth-watering with notes of dark brown bread and a long finish.

This tea continued to provide full flavor and aroma with low astringency throughout multiple steepings.  I'm looking forward to discovering changes in nuance at a slightly lower temperatures.  I had difficulty describing the flavor I was picking up until I remembered the almost rich and tangy, whole grain and molasses taste of a fresh-from-the-oven slice of dark brown bread.  

This tea was provided as a free sample without guarantee of a review.

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