REVIEW: In Nature Teas – Red Mountain Tea

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Tea and origin: Black tea from the An Hui region of China
Twitter: @innatureteas
Link to Red Mountain

In Nature Teas recently contacted me about reviewing some of their teas. I will start with a black Chinese tea that they stock. This mountain tea has a beautiful dry leaf, so let’s get to tasting.

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: Wiry leaves with some golden tips. Earthy, sweet aroma

Wet leaf: Sweet, honey-like aroma

Liquor colour: Copper to light brown

Liquor aroma: Malty and sweet

Liquor flavour: Classic high-grown Chinese tea flavours: sweet and malty. Medium-                                       bodied, with fairly strong astringency (in both finish and aftertaste)

Infusion method: Glass teapot. Infuse 45 second to 1 minute to take without milk.                                               Infuse 2 to 4 minutes to take with milk                                                                                             3 grams of tea                                                                                                                                         200ml of 85 to 95 degree water                                                                                                         Infuse 2 times

Comments/Conclusions

Typically I don’t put milk in Chinese black teas, as I think it stuffs up the sweetness in the tea. After making this tea a couple different ways and finding that it was too astringent, I tried it with some milk. The milk tamed the tannins and highlighted the sweet and malty flavours. This is a nice everyday tea that could be made stronger for mornings or lighter for afternoons

Retail price: 50 grams for £5.45

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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