I recently heard from Stéphane Erler at Tea Masters about reviewing some tea. Stéphane not only writes a brilliant blog (primarily in English and French), but he has an online tea shop with a great selection of teas. This is my first time to try one of Tea Masters teas, and I’m going to kick things off with a green tea from Taiwan.
Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of full, curly leaves that range in colour from light to dark green. It has a moderate fishy, ocean-like aroma
Infused tea: The first infusion cups out a light green liquor. Subsequent infusions produce a darker liquor. The aroma of the liquor is similar to the dry leaf: fishy, ocean like notes. The body of the tea has a fishy, seaweed-like flavour, and is a bit salty. There is a subtle sweetness to the finish. The tea has a moderate amount of astringency and leaves a dry mouthfeel
Infusion tips: I tried making this tea various ways – various crockery, infusion times and water temperatures. I found that five grams of tea in a 150ml gaiwan with 85C water was ideal for my liking. For the first infusion I steeped it 30 seconds, then increased infusion time by 20 seconds for each steeping thereafter. This a tea that you need to play around with to find its sweet spot for your personal taste – so have some fun with it!
Conclusions: I think this is a really unique green tea. The complexity between the fishy body and the sweeter finish really intrigued me. Initially I wasn’t sure if I liked it, but the tea grew on me after trying it with different infusion methods. Its fishy aroma might not be for everyone, but I think it is something tea lovers should try to make that decision
Retail price: 25 grams for $7.65 / 100 grams for $25.20