10/7/19

Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co. Formosa Assam in Review

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Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.
Formosa Assam
Summer 2018

ORIGIN: Sun-Moon Lake, Taiwan
TYPE: Black tea. Assam

FORMAT: Loose leaf
METHOD: Grandpa Style

WEBSITE: beautifultaiwantea.com

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NOTES:
Richly rounded & malty all the live-long. Sharply clear liquor w/ a lively reddishness underneath an amber surface. Leaves of a bigly stature & coppery highlights. Noses densely-so of buckwheat honey atop ripe red/purple fruits.

Malt attaches to honey on the sip. Also to a new cocoa vibe on the lip-smackingly savory finish. Savoriness is a fungal thing. Fruit stays on the slurp and pulls much earthiness w/ it. Earth is a barnyard experience. Leather builds slowly there. Warms the body nicely, calmly.

Soft & rather thick in the tea-hole. Just a half-tick drying on the middle of the tongue (more astringency happens on subsequent steeping). Cozy! That's the word I've been looking for. Complexity by way of malty attachments. Nicely nuanced. A legit cuppa, & then some. Sturdy. Dependable. Unadorned.

FINAL GRADE: B+
A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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