Premium Selection - Assam TRES #8 Black
First cultivated during the Japanese occupation, Assam TRES #8 was introduced to Taiwan in the early 1920s. The Taiwan Research and Extension Station (TRES) identified the Sun Moon Lake region of central Taiwan as providing the perfect conditions for black tea production. The high calibre black tea now produced in this region is a testament to their foresight. When infused, the large, wonderfully curved leaves of our Hong Cha TRES Assam #8 tea produce a deep orange-brown hue with rounded fruity sweetness and superb cherry like aromas.
Region: Yu Chi Township, Nantou County
Tea Estate: Pong Family Tea Garden
Tea Maker: Mr Pong
Grade/Cut: 1st grade
Water Temp: 89̴C
Steep Time: 1min 50sec
This very special black tea has a playful nose that bounces between sweet and savoury. From sweet dried plums, blackberry jam, nutmeg, clove and rhubarb to briny nuts, rosemary, black olive tapenade and salted plums. Yes, it’s all there! The palate is all sweet though, sweet puff pastry, candied cherry and sugar coated nuts. Medium bodied and firm tannins with a very long finish.
Because of how dark and sweet this tea is I feel it needs a good, buttery and nutty pastry next to it! Perhaps an almond croissant or a pistachio puff pastry.