Here is a rare black tea from Taiwan, made using the well known T-18 cultivar which is derived from a cross between a large leafed tea from Burma (Ashamu) and a wild tea tree from southern Taiwan.
This innovation from Japan features a black tea from a controlled fermentation with an assorted mix of fine khaki leaves.
Its dark red liqueur is rich and full, with powerful aromas of dried fruit, bark and roasted cereal. Hints of spices (vanilla) and sugar embellish the flavours of this surprising (and difficult to classify) tea: Pu er or black tea ?!
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This Shou Pu er produced by the Haiwan factory, Yunnan, is composed of leaves of medium size compressed into a disc of 357 grams.
Behind these delicate and textured pieces, we discover a new ceramist with a firmly established style.