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Tea sourcing - batch 235 - Ceylon New Falcon exclusive

Ceylon New Falcon exclusive is a gentle, light, fruity and honey sweet black tea. Dried Leaf: Small, broken leaves with a couple of golden tips with gentle aroma of sweet herbs and fruit.Infused Leaf: Small and reddish tiny uneven leaves with some stalks. Fruity, perfume-like and sweet aroma.Liquor: Amber-orange clear cup with delicate floral scent. Liquor light in the body with hints of green wood, spice and forest honey. Cup little bit astringent and not well balanced. After-taste very short not lingering.

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Tea sourcing - Batch 235 - Keemun Hao Ya Special

Our next Keemun to taste is Hao Ya. Hao Ya is significantly more floral, very rose-like and sweeter compare to Mao Feng. We also prefer Hao Ya to Mao Feng for it's complexity and longer lasting finish. Dried Leaf: Small and sleek anthracite leaves and golden tips, gently twisted. Aroma of peach, herbs and golden warm hay.Infused Leaf: Small, dark brown cut leaves with a floral aroma, sweet and woody.Liquor: The brilliant chocolate-orange liquid has aroma of rose, violets and caramel. Cup soft and smooth with very floral (rose, orchid) sweet peach and caramelised banana taste and beautiful floral after-taste with no astringency.

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Tea sourcing - batch 235 - Keemun Mao Feng Imperial

Keemun...Qimen.....Keemun….same thing really! We like our Keemun Mao Feng black tea (N.102) yet this one smells beautiful. The grade is atypical (wooow! that sounds awesome, now we are even more excited!) and it comes from beautiful Anhui province in China (traditional location for Keemun tea).We also have a sample of Keemun Hao Ya Special ...so we had to brew them together to wisely slurp and compare and we can now tell you, that Mao Feng Imperial tastes more like a dark wood and orange and we shall tell you about Hao Ya Special in the next blog post :P   Dried Leaf: Small, anthracite, slim, slightly twisted leaves; raspberry and orange notes with a hint of green wood. Well dried...

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Tea sourcing - batch 235 - 1st flush Nepal Tara Chiyabari

Let's sample our second black tea.... this beautiful 1st flush Nepal Tara Chiyabari! The grade, according to the packaging is supreme/superb. The tea is quite similar to 1st flush Darjeeling in the taste, yet the mouth-feel is not as well balanced and for spring tea it's lacking in brightness a bit. Yet we like it for it's wild herbaceous/mountain taste and slight zingy astringency :) Check out our tasting notes under this pic: Dried Leaf: Smaller dark green, brown and yellow leaves; aroma of dry wood, herbs and apples.Infused Leaf: Uneven, small, light green leaves with some reddish hues; fruity notes with herbs and spice.Liquor: Bright mandarin colour liquor, light and brisk in body with fresh bouquet of violets. Notes...

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Tea Sourcing - batch 235 - 1st flush Darjeeling Balasun Superior

1st flush Darjeeling Balasun superior: Magnificent! Dried Leaf: Large dark green, brown leaves and silvery buds; aroma of exotic dried fruit, herbs and “petrichor” the smell of fresh rain falling on dry soil/stone.Infused Leaf: Uneven light green leaves with some reddish hues. Parsley, dark wet wood and spice aroma.Liquor: Slightly astringent cup with brilliant apricot colour. A fresh flowery bouquet (tulips) followed by notes of lychee, pear & apricot with mountain herbs and rain after the dry spell. Excellently balanced liquor with brisk and light taste and lingering fruity after-taste.

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