Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tea Review: Black Tea with Mandarin Orange (Teas Unique)

Black Tea with Mandarin Orange
Teas Unique
Type: Yellow
Origin: South Korea, Jeju Island, Mt. Halla
Product Description: This first flush (earliest spring growth) whole leaf green tea was machine harvested around Ipha (the first day of the summer season), then steam heated, rolled and dry roasted. Selecting only the bud and two leaves from the harvested material, this USDA certified organic tea is similar in quality to handpicked sejak (small beak) jaksul (sparrow’s beak) nokcha (green tea). Added to the processed green tea are dried organic Jeju Island mandarin orange skins, harvested the prior December. This single estate tea comes from the fertile volcanic soil of the cool eastern slope of Mt. Halla on Jeju Island, located off Korea’s southern coast.

Temperature: 195° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2 minutes

The dry leavs have an aroma of aged wood, citrus, and oats.

The copper-red infusion has a rich aroma of citrus and roasted nut shells, reminiscent of roasted green tea.  The taste is a sweet and mellow citrus with a long citrus finish.

Following the packaging recommendation of a lower temperature and steeping time than I would usually prefer with black tea, I was very pleasantly surprised by the results which were refreshing, mellow, and sweet.  There's not much to be found in a second steeping, though it's certainly not flat.




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