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Honey Black 2022-2023

Region: Nantou, Taiwan
Producer: Ms Huang (Jade Mountain)
Season: Summer 2022, Summer 2023
Batch: Various Organic
The much loved Honey Black tea; beautiful leaves, silky smooth, honey sweet, and very floral.
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The Garden

 

Hidden high up on Jade Mountain, in the tree covered mountains of central Taiwan, is the organic Huang family garden. This little garden produces just 1.5T of tea each year; a production so small it would probably fit in your kitchen. The garden is organic and full of life.

This Tea

 

Taiwan is most famous for high mountain oolong teas, with  floral notes and creamy textures. These oolong teas are usually picked in the Spring and Winter. Less well known are Taiwanese black teas, which are some of the most delicious in the world. In the summer season, little insects called leafhoppers start to attack the tea plants. The leaves naturally defend themselves by producing a scent that tastes of honey, which the leafhoppers don’t like, but we love. This honey flavour is captured in the exquisite flavour profile of this tea.

Batch Tasting Notes

 

Infuse 3g per 150ml (teacup) at 90°C for 5 mins. The Honey Black is very flexible and tastes excellent at various temperatures and times. You can’t really go wrong.

 

2022: The tea opens with dried fruit and honey notes, like raisins and honey cake. The texture is silky and very smooth, with a hint of milk chocolate.

 

2023: The younger batch is floral and sweet at first, with honey notes, a flourish of acidity, and a little dryness like almond skins.

 

On balance, I’d lean towards the 2022 at present while it’s still available. The Honey Black pairs perfectly with light desserts and cakes. This is a much loved tea and I highly recommend it.

Storage and Ageing

 

Store this tea in a cool dry place. It will taste at its best for up to 5 years, developing in flavour over time. The tea picks up a richer dried fruit and wood note over the years.