Saturday, March 9, 2013

Tealet Japanese Black Tea

Country of Origin: Japan
Leaf Appearance: small, dark with some stems
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: clay teapot (glazed)
Liquor: dark amber

This was a very interesting tea for me because black teas from Japan are rarely seen. The taste was mellow, earthy and sweet. There were notes of chocolate and nuts with a lingering aftertaste. There was just enough astringency to make it refreshing but it was fairly gentle for a black tea. This would be a perfect tea for those that don't normally enjoy black tea since it is sweet and not very tannic. If you plan to re-steep your leaves, I would up the steep time a bit as my second go was on the weak side. I love that Tealet gives background information on their tea farmers. Osamu, the grower of this tea, began working at the Obubu Tea Plantations before starting his own independent farm three years ago. Tealet's founder Elyse tells more about this tea in the video below.

You can find out more about this tea here.