- Region: Ming Jian, Nantou, Taiwan
- Year: Winter 2014
- Dry tea leaves: Tightly rolled tea balls
- Liquor: Golden yellow and crystal clear
- Brewing: Gongfu style using gaiwan
This is not first time I’m reviewing milky oolong (aka Jing Shuan) tea. I’ve tried one from Eco Cha Teas earlier and I’ve loved it. Generally I’m great fan of Taiwanese oolong teas and milky oolongs are among my favorites. Last month’s tea by Global Tea Hut is another great example of milky oolongs. It’s organically grown and unlike some milky oolongs it’s inherently milky, not artificially scented with steamed milk. It was produced by Mr. Xie Yuan Zhai who is a third generation farmer in Ming Jian, Nantou.
Jing Shuan oolong is a hybrid varietal (Tai Cha No. 12) that’s mainly grown at Mt. Zhu in central Taiwan. This cultivar is also referred as Golden Lily which is relatively new varietal developed in the 1980s. The leaves of this varietal are naturally sweet and milky which makes this tea stand out among other oolong teas.
Dry tea leaves are both light and dark green. They are semiball-rolled with attached stems. The aroma is very rich, mainly buttery and milky. The flavor is so sweet and milky as well, you’ll get enough of it. I used five grams of tea and it’s brewed more than five times easily.
To recap, it’s another great tea from Global Tea Hut particularly for those who really like lowly oxidized, greener and light oolong teas. It’s a very delicate tea with no astringency at all.
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.
Country : Pinglin, Taiwan
Dry tea leaves: Ball-shaped tea leaves with nutty and floral aroma.
Liquor: Crystal clear, golden yellow liquor with floral and fruity aroma.
Another good oolong tea from Global Tea Hut. This month’s tea, Buddha’s Palm (aka Fo Shou), coming from Pinglin, Taiwan. It’s a ball-shaped, highly roasted oolong tea. It’s roasted and donated to Global Tea Hut by a tea master named Master Lü Li Zhen who is also featured in this month’s magazine by Global Tea Hut.
When you smell dry tea leaves you get the feeling that it’s gonna be a bitter tea due to aroma of tea leaves, however it’s quite contrary. The liquor is very sweet and floral alongside with its crystal clear appearance.
What is GABA tea ?
GABA tea is semi-oxidized tea which is mostly categorized as oolong tea because of varietals used to make it. However it can be easily categorized as a new type of tea. GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid) is an amino acid which naturally exists in human body and works as neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. Actually all types of tea contain GABA; and you can mostly find it in green tas. GABA Tea is produced in a way that GABA amount in tea is maximized.
It’s been first discovered in Japan and recognized for its health benefits since. For a detailed understanding of GABA Tea health benefits check out the post by Peter Wescombe at Tching.
Tasting Notes for Peaceful Slumber
This month’s tea by Global Tea Hut is coming from Pinglin, Taiwan. It is an organic tea which is withered in vacuum-sealed bags. This one is striped style GABA tea compared to other tightly rolled ones.
Dry tea leaves are comprised of mostly black and somewhat golden leaves. It’s a complex tea with many subtle qualities. By the look of it you easily get that it’s a freshly picked and produced tea. The liquor is dark brown. It tastes so sweet beyond your expectation. No bitterness or astringency at all! Furthermore It’s very smooth to drink.
I’ve tried it at night time as it’s suggested to assess calming and relaxing effect of the tea. I must say it’s as relaxing and therapeutic as it’s argued in this month’s magazine. As soon as you take your sip you get why it’s called “Peaceful Slumber“.
Having subscribed to Global Tea Hut Magazine has been the best thing in my tea odyssey recently. I’ve had the chance to try new and exquisite teas and learnt a lot from their magazine. I highly recommend you to give it a shot and see it yourself!
This month Global Tea Hut sent a box of famous Sun Moon Lake Red Tea of Taiwan alongside with their magazine. Taiwan is known for their aromatic oolong teas yet when it comes to red tea they know a thing or two about red tea too!
Although this is first time I get this tea from Global Tea Hut, it’s their only tea they send every year to their subscribers. It’s hand-picked, organic tea produced by Mr. Shu. It’s this summer’s tea and consists of large, dark black, wiry and uniform tea leaves.
The liquor is between brown and red. Although It’s slightly astringent you can get chocolate flavor easily. It’s very sweet tea with a little astringency, kind of bittersweet.
One of the best ways to review the quality of tea leaves is to examine spent tea leaves. If you take a look at the last picture below you’ll get what I mean. This month’s tea is full of whole, uniform tea leaves which proves us how meticulously it’s produced.
In a nutshell, Sun Moon Lake Red Tea is now among my favorite black teas. It’s very unique and special red tea which deserves a permanent space in my tea cabinet. I’m sure it will make same impression on you too, especially if you’re into red teas.
Region : Nantou, Taiwan
Leaf Appearance: Tightly rolled ball shaped tea leaves.
Steeping: Gongfu Style
Liquor: Both dark and light green tea leaves
Not many things are as therapeutic as highly aromatic Taiwanese oolong teas when it comes to get rid of daily stress of your life, it’s a way of meditation. I’ve been always great admirer of highly aromatic and fragrant nature of these teas. And milky oolongs are making their way up to my list recently. Previously I reviewed another milky oolong tea by Taiwan Tea Crafts which I liked very much. This week thanks to Eco Cha and Jaye (Cardiff in a Tea Cup) I’ve had a chance to try another milky oolong tea: Eco Cha Jin Xuan Oolong Tea. It’s this year’s spring tea and coming from Nantou, Taiwan. I went for Gongfu style brewing and used one of my Yixing teapots. I used approximately 6-7 grams of tea and water at 90 celsius degrees.
I steeped it 60 seconds for the first brew which produced very rich creamy and milk taste with vegetable notes. The liquor is between green and yellow. The second steep took 75 seconds; though it’s not as strong as first steep it’s still rich in terms of milkiness and creaminess. However I did not get any vegetable notes at this steep. With the third steep which was 90 seconds, it started to lose its aroma and flavor. I was willing to go for another steep and did brew it for two minutes for the last steep. The fourth steep produced a tad creamy liquor yet even at this stage you can still feel the freshness of tea leaves.
Region : Nantou, Taiwan
Leaf Appearance: Long, curly/twisted, relatively large tea leaves with some stems.
Steeping: 3 gr of tea with 200 ml water at 95 Celsius degrees about 4 minutes.
Liquor: Between red and brown
Even though Taiwan is known for their exquisite oolong teas, some Taiwanese black teas I’ve tried so far are nothing short of amazing. Red Jade Spring by Taiwan Tea Crafts is definitely one of these teas; it comes from famous Sun Moon Lake area in Nantou, Taiwan. Dry tea leaves are hand picked, long and twisted. They smell citrusy and extremely fruity which reminded me of Oriental Beauty.
When it’s infused it produces between red and brown liquor. Flavor is very rich with spicy notes and hint of smokiness. It tastes a little astringent but nothing you can not handle without sweetener. What I like most about this tea is its lingering aftertaste which is quite rich as well.
Overall it’s a great black tea which offers oolong-like richness. It’s for those who would like to try some unorthodox black tea!