Foguii commented on Red Rhythm/紅韻 (aka TTES#21/台茶21號), Artisanal Black Tea directly from tea farm in Taiwan!


Soft and scrumptious

Dark brown “spider legs” impress on opening this pack of rare black tea. Sweet candy, cooked apple, lychee, and pineapple are only some of the many flavours offered by the wet leaves. A velvety brew with fruit decidedly on the berry side, that also offers rose flavours and more subtle vegetal notes (hay, cut grass). This is overall a very well balanced black tea that will without a doubt please the most demanding tea drinkers.


Foguii commented on Red of Four Seasons (四季紅), Artisanal Black Tea directly from tea farm in Taiwan!


A complex, exotic brew

This exceptional tea knows how to make a frist impression, with delicate, long twisted leaves with a few golden tips, a fragrance reminiscent of wet wood, wicker, berries, and more fruity/honeyed notes as the leaves get moistened. The deep copper brew has a pleasant velvety texture and just enough astringency to balance out the sweetness. Lingering aromas of lychees, blackberries, peaches with malty undertones combine towards a fresh, menthol finish. Brilliant!

Foguii commented on Red Jade/紅玉 (aka Ruby Black or TTES#18/台茶18號), Artisanal Black Tea directly from tea farm in Taiwan!


Black tea with a citrus feel

Long twisted, dark chocolate leaves take a lighter shade of brown (tobacco) as water seeps into them. Decidedly fruity, red jade boasts tangy citrus aromas ( lemon, orange) and a very floral note, with timid malty undertones. A vivid, spicy tang, then, without astringency, that leaves a long-lasting impression with a fresh, subtle liquorice finish.

If you are a tea lover, and you happen to visit Taichung, Taiwan, this is the place you have to go!


This gallery contains 11 photos.

It was a sunny day, and I wanted to find a place outside for a good afternoon tea. Here we go, 耕讀園 in Taichung, a beautiful traditional tea restaurant hidden in the downdown of Taichung city.  But it is actually a very … Continue reading

The quality of Tea from a perspective of a Whisky Taster

Whisky Bible 2013 by Jim Murray

Whisky Bible 2013 by Jim Murray

Tasting whisky (and it is the same with tea tasting) is more like a beauty competition.  Although there will be some kind of objective standards, it is still, mostly, determined by personal preferences.

Continue reading