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Re: Official what Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

by Alucard » Apr 21st, '17, 00:04

kuánglóng wrote: Really enjoying some of this Brazilian Assam ...
http://what-cha.com/brazil-grandma-umes-black-tea/

This is almost as good as an Assam can get, malty and fruity (citric) with a ceylon-esque briskness, some flowery notes (rose) and surprising throatiness.
I've really enjoyed the black teas I've gotten from What-Cha, as well as red buffalo oolong and the Road to Lincang raw puerh cake produced for What-Cha by Paul of W2T. I'm about up for another order from them so I'll need to add this Brazilian Assam. Do you have a favorite black tea from them?

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Re: Official what Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

by kuánglóng » Apr 21st, '17, 02:49

Alucard wrote:
kuánglóng wrote: Really enjoying some of this Brazilian Assam ...
http://what-cha.com/brazil-grandma-umes-black-tea/

This is almost as good as an Assam can get, malty and fruity (citric) with a ceylon-esque briskness, some flowery notes (rose) and surprising throatiness.
I've really enjoyed the black teas I've gotten from What-Cha, as well as red buffalo oolong and the Road to Lincang raw puerh cake produced for What-Cha by Paul of W2T. I'm about up for another order from them so I'll need to add this Brazilian Assam. Do you have a favorite black tea from them?
I've sampled a good number of Alistair's black teas but I'm not sure I could name a favorite.
The Georgian teas were surprisingly good, as were the Vietnamese (he still has the 'Wild boar' in stock). Of the Assams I've tried I really like the "Assam Heritage" but didn't care too much for the 2nd flush Gopaldhara DJs - consider me spoiled :lol:
Since you've mentioned Paul's 'Road to Lincang', I liked the 'Lao Shu Bai Cha' (produced by Scott) and the 2016 Jingmai Shengtai (done by William of Bannacha) even better, the latter one is a lot more durable than the fruitier 2015 version, a nice daily drinker.

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Re: RE: Re: Official what Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

by joelbct » Apr 21st, '17, 08:30

ethan wrote:Congratulations, Joel. I am glad that your long pursuit has not been in vain. Thanks for posting, especially since I would not have bet that vendor would be the one to end the disappointment.
I still havent found a perfect classic tippy Assam like I used to, this "pure gold tips Dikom" is entirely different, but yes it's pretty awesome and yes very surprising it was from a vendor who also markets to supermarkets. I confuse Harney with Taylor's of Harrogate for that reason, but in any case sometimes mass-market companies also offer quality specialty loose leaf online. Ito En comes to mind.

I'll have to try what-cha. Have some Assam and Darjeeling samples incoming from Vahdam, and a few other vendors are on my list to try.

Also Ethan, I'll try to save some of that Hojo Tribute Keemun for you, no promises though :)

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Re: Official what Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

by stevorama » Apr 22nd, '17, 00:24

YS Wild Tree Purple Black Tea. Spring 2016. Very enjoyable

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Re: Official what Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

by joelbct » Apr 22nd, '17, 10:42

stevorama wrote:YS Wild Tree Purple Black Tea. Spring 2016. Very enjoyable
How are those "purples?" IE how do they differ from 'regular' yunnan reds? Curious about them.

A keemun sample I picked up from tea drunk in NYC...

Qi Hong Li Xi Red Mao Feng early spring 2015.

Really good, pretty pricey but happily not disappointing. I just wish the sample sizes were 10g not 5, so I could brew another session.

I'll buy an ounce at some point.

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Re: Official what Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

by stevorama » Apr 22nd, '17, 12:55

joelbct wrote: How are those "purples?" IE how do they differ from 'regular' yunnan reds? Curious about them.
The "ye sheng" variety is distinct. Similar profile to the ye sheng pu er tea. The ye sheng pu er tea is not my favorite, but I like this. Pleasant floral notes that remain through multiple steepings. Less malt as compared to other hong cha. A clean feeling tea. This only the second I've tried.

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Re: Official what Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

by joelbct » Apr 23rd, '17, 14:45

Drinking Harney's Golden Monkey Fujian.

Quite delicious. Has that mouthwatering, compulsively sippable effect I look for in my tea. Not boring, one of those more complex, interesting Fujian reds.

Nicely priced too at $18 for 3oz, $72/lb. I could see using this as a daily drinker.

https://www.harney.com/products/golden-monkey

Their site has a pretty decently curated selection of quality loose leaf for a brand that makes teabags and that one sometimes sees in (higher end) brick and mortar grocery shops.

Reminds me not to be a snob and write off companies that are accessible to the general public but also offer some 'specialty' loose leaf for us enthusiasts.

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