When you look at the picture above you see quite black tea leaves, right? And you’re hundred percent sure that it can’t be a green tea. Well.. you’re wrong…
I wasn’t planning to review this tea. I just bought it for my everyday green tea drinking and it was quite affordable.
Yet it’s unexpectedly so good and unique. I couldn’t help myself posting this review.
It’s grown in Lancang in the Jingmai mountainous area.
By the way, purple tea is not a tea category, it’s just a cultivar. You don’t know what cultivar is. Never mind, just keep reading…
I don’t need to tell you much about Yunnan Sourcing. Their teas speak for themselves. So I dive right into the review.
The first weird thing you notice is that dry leaves are not green at all, actually, they are quite black. They are long and slightly curly.
The smell of the leaves is smoky and slightly vegetal.
The most fascinating/surprising thing about this tea is the color of its liquor. I have never seen grey-purple liquor before. I’m guessing that this is a direct result of the Zi Juan cultivar.
The taste is surprisingly rich. There’s smokiness alongside with some earthy tones.
It’s not sweet but not bitter either; kinda bittersweet.
The mouthfeel is rather thick and slightly velvety.
The aftertaste is not long yet left a nice refreshing rather sour taste in the mouth.
I’m sorry that I discovered this tea so late. Yet you know what they say, better late than never!
What teas you’ve drunk so far that were surprisingly so good and unique?