Puli Shan Organic "Warm Elephant" Black Tea - Summer 2019

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
banana, Cedar, Cherry, Chocolate, Coffee, Cranberry, Hazelnut, Honey, Mineral, Peach, Rice, Sour, Spices, Sweet, Vanilla, Wood
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Caffeine
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Certification
Organic
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Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 oz / 150 ml

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This year is very special. We finally got a chance to process Shan varietal first hand under the Support of Mr. Guo. If you don’t know what Shan is, it is a wild-grown Assamica varietal from a province of Burma called Shan (禪). The varietal was brought to Taiwan in 1930s century to compete with Japanese black tea development in Taiwan by Mr. Guo.

For decades this “Shan” varietal obtained a reputation for being tasty black tea material, but In the end 1970s such reputation begin to fade away with the rising of high mountain jade oolong. Eventually, with the collapse of export market, the aroma and taste of such black tea gradually disappeared from the world. As a result, the tea trees grew wild without intervention for the next decades, which made the process of organic certification very easy to achieve! The tea trees are healthy with deep root systems and growing in a natural bio-diverse environment.

With our philosophy and careful evaluation, this batch of “Taiwan Sourcing made” Shan black tea will be a completely new experience to what you thought you knew about black tea. We also learned a lot of new understanding of black tea processing with this tea under the assistance of Mr. Kuo. The overall character of this black tea is wild yet mature, and the body warming effect is very noticeable. We hope this “Warm Elephant” can make people notice how unique Taiwan’s tea culture is to the world,and how Taiwan has some of the most interesting taste to offer.

Harvest: Summer 2019 / 夏 貳零壹玖
Varietal: Shan / 象
Elevation: 600 M / 陸佰 公尺
Region: Puli / 埔里
Fermentation Level: 85% / 分之 捌拾伍
Roast Level: 0 / 無

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Warm Elephant is a fascinatingly aromatic black tea with very good longevity. The range of aromas is quite impressive with notes of black cherry, chocolate, wood, winter honey, tamarind, and caramelized onion in dry leaves. When wet, the associations are those of banana, cedar wood, medium roast coffee, vanilla, rice, and cranberries.

First infusion has some coffee sourness and mineral sweetness with a biting finish to it. It has full body with a sort of slimy mouthfeel and once again a very aromatic aftertaste with hints of hazelnuts and fenugreek seeds. Subsequent steeps show some woody (cedar) and fruity (peach) notes with even more sweetness and a lightly numbing and astringent mouthfeel.

I’d highly recommend this tea to any black tea lovers out there :)

Flavors: banana, Cedar, Cherry, Chocolate, Coffee, Cranberry, Hazelnut, Honey, Mineral, Peach, Rice, Sour, Spices, Sweet, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Daylon R Thomas

Finally-a Taiwan Sourcing tea that is under $10 for 25 grams with a higher rating. I know that’s harsh and I’ve had some really great teas from them, but I’m happy that they offer something that good for a more affordable price since I’ve been let down by some of their stuff before.

Togo

yeah, I kind of get that. I would put Longan Nectar and Alishan GABA in that category too, but I haven’t had the recent iterations of the former and they don’t seem to offer the latter anymore.

Daylon R Thomas

They are sold out of the regular line up of Longan Nectar. They have a similar Jin Xuan one available, but 2017 or 18 looks like the last time it was sold. Longan Nectar was on my list for a while to get, but then I got distracted by getting more Wuyi Blacks.

Martin Bednář

In my wishlist. Sounds really interesting and tasty!

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