This Tao Hua Hong Anhui Black Tea was a pleasant surprise this year (2018) and it’s back! Last year, we started consulting for Mr Fang, an experienced producer making exclusively green teas. He was looking for our help to bring his black tea to the next level. A very talented tea producer, in just one year, Mr Fang was able to significantly elevate the quality of his black tea. The liquor is soft and smooth, thick and rich. The flavour delivers a multi-layered elusive mix of dried berries, deeply melted in the liquor, teasing us with subtle sweetness and complex woody and nutty undertones. The aroma is sophisticated with hints of nuts and honey and the aftertaste lingers gorgeously.
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GAL in NoVa –
This is an interesting tea. I am going to watch to see if it changes as it gets a little older, but for now it is most remarkable for the warm, licorice-root throat feel of the broth, a feel that lingers long after you have swallowed. (I do not mean licorice candy/anise taste–licorice root is more a warm, earthy, almost fuzzy sweetness). A little bit thin on the mouthfeel–but I tend to like soupier/juicier broths. The taste isn’t terribly complex but also isn’t in any way unpleasant. At the moment, it’s nicely drinkable but not remarkable. I’m going to play with steep temps and times to see if that, in addition to some aging, also may change the profile.