Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Min River Tea Jasmine Red Tea

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: small, dark
Ingredients: scented black tea
Steep time: 2 minutes
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: small clay teapot (glazed)
Liquor: reddish brown

It's unusual to see a scented black tea, especially a jasmine one with leaves that are this level of quality. The base black tea was earthy with fruity notes that went really well with the sweet floral aroma. I loved that it did not come across as artificial or perfumy at all. I also noticed a interesting creaminess in the finish but I'm not sure if that was a byproduct of the jasmine. There was just enough astringency to be refreshing without bitterness, even after oversteeping a bit. This tea was only finished being processed last month. How amazing is that? +Min River Tea's website explains that this is one of their most expensive teas because it is a new process and requires a great deal of skill. If you'd like to give it a try and are a fan of jasmine, I'd suggest checking out their Jasmine Tea Taster. It gives you a chance to have a little bit of everything without having to make as big of an investment.

Jasmine Red Tea sample provided by Min River Tea Farm.