Region: Baguashan, Nantou County
Picking date: March 2014
Dry tea leaves: Dark black, twisted tea leaves
Liquor: Between red and brown
Brewing: Gongfu style using a gaiwan
Taiwan is almost synonymous with great oolong teas among tea lovers. Yet red teas (Red Jade Spring Black Tea or Sun Moon Lake Black Tea) I’ve tasted so far from this beautiful island are nothing short of amazing. Baguashan Mi Xian black tea by Taiwan Tea Crafts is no exception of my experience so far. This week’s tea by Taiwan Tea Crafts coming from Nantou in Taiwan and picked in March, 2014.
Twisted tea leaves have both floral and fruity notes. When it’s brewed; first thing it strikes you is its sweetness, no astringency at all. There maybe a slight astringency but a welcomed one.
The liquor is rounded, full-bodied and persistent. The crystal clear liquor is between red and brown. Mi Xian means ‘honey aroma‘ which is given by bites of small leaf hoppers. This fact I guess explains the unique character of this tea.
I always advocate that spent tea leaves tell more about tea than dry tea leaves. And if you take a closer look at the picture below you’ll see what I mean. This week’s tea is made up of sturdy whole tea leaves.
In a nutshell, Baguashan Mi Xian black tea from Taiwan Tea Crafts is a perfect example of high quality Taiwanese black teas. One more reason to pay more attention to this beautiful island.