Red Tie Guan Yin (Black Tea) from Life in Teacup

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Life in Teacup

Tea Description:

Production Season Spring
Production Region Fujian Province, Wuyi Mountain region

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

A black (or red) … Tie Guan Yin?  I was a little surprised when I read the label of this sample from Life In Teacup, because when I see the name “Tie Guan Yin” immediately I think of Oolong tea.  But this is, indeed, a black tea.  The leaves are dark, slender, slightly curly and I see some silvery tips amongst the dark leaves.  It looks very much like a typical black tea … certainly not at all like a Tie Guan Yin Oolong.

As I poured the tea, I could smell the amazing aroma that reminded me of freshly baked cake:  a sweet, rich, chocolate-y scent that made my mouth water!

And even better than this delicious fragrance is the TASTE!  Every sweet, decadent smell that wafts from this cup can be tasted:  the chocolate notes are so rich and satisfying, and they meld beautifully with the delicious caramel-y undertones of this tea.

This is a full-bodied tea with a malty tone – vaguely reminsicent of a fine Assam tea but without the bitterness that sometimes is present in an Assam.  No bitterness here!  Only smooth, rich, delicious flavor.

Definitely one of the best pure black teas that I’ve yet to taste.  And I’ve tasted quite a few.  If you’ve room for only one black tea in your tea cupboard – this should be the tea that occupies that space.  (I do hope you have room for more than one black tea though!)

Seriously, it is that good!  Don’t believe me?  Try it for yourself!

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