Li Shan Black Tea from Green Terrace Teas

LiShanBlackTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Green Terrace Teas

Tea Description:

Our founder’s favorite tea – this is a rare and unique cultivar available only in Taiwan. Grown at elevations of over 2,000 meters, our spring harvest is both exquisite and complex in character. Non-astringent and mildly sweet, this black tea has floral and fruity undertones with notes of plum and honey. Its aroma of sweet, ripe fruit is strong and noticeable instantly after the leaves come in contact with hot water. If you’ve never had a quality black tea before, this variety is a must try. Best brewed with multiple, short infusions.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Oh my goodness, this is so amazingly good.

Once upon a time, I was introduced to one of the most amazing black teas I had ever tasted.  It was called Dawn by Simple Leaf.  Since that time, Simple Leaf has closed.  Sadness!  But since that time, I have found a few teas that stack up to that amazing black tea.  This is one such tea.  This tea … is just as good – if not better, than I remember Dawn tasting!

It’s SWEET, rich and chocolate-y.  Background notes of sweet stone fruit.  A honey-caramel sweetness to this as well as the sweet fruit and flower notes that fill out the background.  As I continue to sip, I notice more of the fruit and floral notes emerging, and the chocolate-y notes seem to back off just a bit to allow the other flavors to be discovered.  I notice some of the “berry-esque” notes that I would taste if I were eating a high quality dark chocolate.

This is well-rounded and even though it coats the palate with delicious flavors, it isn’t a heavy tea.  My palate doesn’t feel overwhelmed after I’ve had a sip.  The aftertaste is lightly sweet.

I used boiling water to infuse this tea, using about 1 1/2 teaspoons of leaf for 12 ounces of water, and steeped the tea for 3 minutes.  This produced a remarkably satisfying cup.  Smooth, rich, and invigorating.

A truly wonderful tea!  I’ve enjoyed all the teas that I’ve tried from Green Terrace Teas thus far – but this … this is my favorite.  This is one that everyone should try, especially if you find yourself missing Dawn or if you never had the opportunity to try Dawn!  Put this on your shopping list right now!

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