This week’s tea, Eco-Cha Teas Ying Xiang High Mountain Black Tea, comes from Big Wheel Mountain in Shanlinxi region of Taiwan. It’s hand-picked and harvested in Summer 2017.
For most of us, Taiwan is almonds synonymous with exquisite fragrant ball-shaped oolongs. However, there are some great black teas coming from this beautiful island, particularly from Sun Moon Lake area. I’ve reviewed a few of them already, one from Global Tea Hut and another from The Jade Leaf. This week’s tea is another spectacular example of black teas coming from Taiwan. Dry leaves are composed of tightly rolled whole black tea leaves which are quite uniform in shape. The smell is both chocolaty and fruity.
I brewed it western style using about three grams of tea for my 150 ml glass teapot. It cupped out orangish red liquor with great clarity. The taste is quite smooth and sweet with no astringency at all. The sweetness is reminiscent of dark chocolate tones. It’s so light and delicate without almost no strength. Yet it’s very rich in character. The aftertaste is not long but leaves a very gentle touch of sweetness and fruitiness in the mouth.
I must say I generally prefer stronger black teas so this one is too light for me. But simply because of this reason I loved this tea. It’s really hard to get a black tea which is as rich, smooth and delicate as much as this one.