Sanxia Black Tea

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Brown Sugar, Burnt Sugar, Caraway, Fruity, Herbaceous, Molasses, Plum, Prune, Savory, Squash, Tart, Vegetal, Zucchini
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200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 g 14 oz / 421 ml

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From Mountain Stream Teas

**Previously Green Heart Black

Made from a heritage variety cultivar famous for green tea, this fragrant, fruity black is a real treat. Delicate and sweet, the dark fruit upfront gives way to the strength of a summer-picked black tea without becoming bitter or astringent. Made from a bud-heavy pick, the rich and full flavor of this tea punches high above its price point.

Produced at a new partner farm only 20 minutes from downtown Taipei in one of the oldest tea growing areas of Taiwan, this tea is made in the traditional way by a tea master in his 80s. Each leaf is plucked by hand (No finger blades are even used!) and each batch of tea is tiny. This style of tea production is extremely rare as the teas produced in this fashion do not serve the current Asian Market taste points for tea, namely strong, bitter and predictable flavors. Each batch processed this way is slightly different, and the strength of these teas is in the subtle lasting sweetness, deep flavors and smooth drinkability of traditionally made tea. We are happy to support farmers still making tea in this old, delicate style.

Elevation: 400m

Status: Organic Certified

Cultivar: Qingxin Gan Zhong ( Rare Heritage Variety)

Season: Summer 2020

Method: Hand picked, processed on site, very small batch

Oxidization: 100%

Region: Sanxia, New Taipei City

Recommend Brewing Style:

Gong Fu Style: 5g per 100ml, ~95C(205f) water, 30, 45, 60 then add 5-10 seconds steeps in gaiwan. Lasts 3-4 steeps.

Western Style: 5g per 100ml, ~95C(205f) water for 1-2 minute. Lasts 2-3 steeps

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Finished off the small sample size that I received in a Tea Thoughts countdown box.

This one is interesting. It has a fairly predominant molasses note to me, with some burnt sugar as well. But I wouldn’t call it a sweet tea, it’s actually a bit tart. Definitely fruity, mostly I’m tasting prune, but with savory undertones. So maybe more like a plum sauce served with a savory Chinese dish? But then there are also some slightly herbaceous flavors that remind me of the caraway notes of a Fujian black tea. Some mellow vegetal notes as well, like Summer squash.

Definitely an interesting mix of flavors going on. I don’t think I would order this one, but it was fun to try and I enjoyed my few cups worth.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Burnt Sugar, Caraway, Fruity, Herbaceous, Molasses, Plum, Prune, Savory, Squash, Tart, Vegetal, Zucchini

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Wow—that sounds nice!

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Sipdown 78

I finished off a little 10g packet and remember absolutely nothing about it.

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2022 sipdown no. 28

I ordered 25g of this for myself in March and ripped through it far too quickly. This tea is really great, really great. It’s silky and full of flavour. Almost like a cross between TTC Yuchi Wild Mountain and Teavivre’s Bailin. I really love it and must have more soon!

I resteep this once as well and it retains a significant amount of flavour.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 13 OZ / 384 ML



I think I have this one! I need to check!


So tasty! I have a cart started, but ugh, the rate!


I just checked and I do have it! Never even opened it, so deffo plan to try it this weekend.


I hope you enjoy it!


need to keep an eye out for a sale i guess :(

Cameron B.

So glad you found some winners from Mountain Stream! ❤


Thanks to you Cameron! :)

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