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Tuesday
Jan282014

Tuesday Tea - Wuyishan Black - Steepster Select

Tea Description:

A rare and innovative black tea from Fujian, China. Sweet and smooth with notes of caramel and sour cherry. Unlike traditional black tea, our Wuyishan Black is made from oolong varietals. This unorthodox method imbues our Wuyishan with complex fruit aromatics and a deep flavor that reveals itself through multiple infusions. 

Other Information:

Leaf Type: Black

Where to Purchase: Not Currently Available, but you can sign up for Steeper Select here

Suggested Brewing Tips:

Serving Size: 2 teaspoons per 8oz serving

Water Temp:  205°F

Steep Time: 2 minutes

Review:

It seems that as usual I'm running a little late. Not only am I late opening my first Steepster Select box, but I'm running behind with today's post. I had a tough time deciding which tea I wanted to start with, but the description of this one caught my eye because it reminds me somewhat of the tea that I used to purchase in Chinatown which was also a black tea with notes of sour cherry. 

With my first sip I realized that this tea is like nothing else I have ever tried. It has an earthy flavor to it, that reminds me of good quality pu-erh, yet still manages to be quite different. Once I moved past that I immediately noticed the deep smoke notes. They aren't nearly as strong as Lapsang Souchong and instead remind me more of Keemun. I've moved away from drinking smoke teas lately, I just don't enjoy them as much as I once did, but this one stands out from the others that I have tried. Behind the smoke flavor of this black tea lurks a tartness, almost reminiscent of sour cherries. It isn't immediately noticeable, but every once-in-awhile the flavor peaks through followed up by a hint of caramel-like sweetness.

I let my second steep of this tea cool to room temperature before drinking it and I noticed that I was able to pick out the tart sour cherry notes much easier. The smoky flavor was still present, but not nearly as strong and the tea not nearly as astringent as the first steep. I find that I enjoyed it much more this way. I'm rather curious how this would taste lightly sweetened and served over ice. I think I'll save my second package from the box and try it once the weather warms up a bit.

All in all I'm very impressed with the unique offerings in my first Steepster Select box and can't wait to try the rest. Keep your eyes peeled on Steepster for the reviews of the other 4 teas that were available in the December box. If you haven't signed up for Steepster Select yet you can get $10 off when you subscribe the cost is $24.95 per month before the discount and you can easily cancel at any time.

My Rating: 79/100

Would I order this again? Possibly. Even thought I really enjoyed the unique aspects to this tea I don't feel that this is something I would drink often. I would really need to be in a particular mood for it.

Disclosure:

I'd like to be open with my readers and let you know up front when I have been provided something for free to review as it does happen from time to time. In this case, I was not provided with anything from Steepster and paid for this with my own money. As always, all opinions are my own. 

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