TEA REVIEW: The Jade Leaf – Red Jade #18 (winter 2014)

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Tea and origin: Black tea from Nantou, Taiwan
Twitter: @thejadeleaf
Facebook: The Jade Leaf
Link to Red Jade

Emilio del Pozo is a Taiwan-based artist how makes who makes some stunning teaware. You can see his work and purchase pieces here.

Emilio also has a deep passion for Taiwanese teas, and he has recently decided to start an online teashop and sell his favourite teas. Today, I’m trying his Red Jade, a Taiwanese black tea that makes a powerful first impression with its beautiful full leaves and strong aroma.

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: Full, wiry leaves with a fruity, strawberry-like aroma

Wet leaf: Fruity, liquorice notes

Liquor colour: Coppery, translucent

Liquor aroma: Fruity

Liquor flavour: The liquor has a fruity, berry-like flavour. It also has                                                        sweet , honey-like undertones. The liquor is smooth,                                                        medium-bodied and has a fruity aftertaste

Infusion method: Glass teapot                                                                                                                                  5 grams of tea                                                                                                                              200ml of 95C water                                                                                                                    Infusion times: 1m, 1m 15s, 1m 45s                                                                                        3 infusions

Comments/Conclusions

This is one of the fruitiest teas I’ve ever tried. The aroma and flavour sing of berry-like notes. I largely rate Taiwanese black teas by their aftertaste – some have nice headnotes and body but the astringency of the finish and aftertaste are unpleasant. This tea is excellent from start to finish, and I believe it could appeal to those who take their tea without milk and seek a nice afternoon tea

Retail price: Prices for this tea will be posted on Emilio’s new website. The website is currently under construction, but keep an eye on thejadeleaf.com. Alternatively, you can contact Emilio for prices at thejadeleaftea@gmail.com

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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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