This innovation from Japan features a 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 ?!
Sun Moon Lake T-18 2010
Though still very uncommon, aging black tea is slowly picking up as a trend. When we consider the depth 8 years of Taiwanese storage has given this tea it must me a good thing.
In its fresh form the Sun Moon Lake is a great tea. Aged, it has developed a complexity and roundness that not only underline its assamica origins but also bring the flavour profile to a new level of complexity.
Dense and syrupy liquor, with notes of candied fruits, spices and bright red flowers (roses, hibiscus and elderberry flower) seduce the mouth and linger with a long, sweet leather finish.
- Cultivar: T-18
- Producer: Lin Huei Mei
- Altitude: 700m
- Date of harvest: July 24, 2010
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