Hey There Teacups! I’m really on a roll with my Let’s Talk Tea posts at the moment aren’t I. I’m loving being able to write about tea so much. I hope you’re all enjoying reading them as much as I’m enjoying writing them.
Today’s lets talk tea post is all about a company by the name of Morima Tea. Although MoriMa is a relatively new company, their involvement with tea goes back through generations to the early 1940s in China. The Tea Masters at MoriMa have many years experience in the tea industry. Morima have such an extensive collection of teas that It would be hard for even the most seasoned expert to pick just one form them all.
They specialise in everything to do with tea. As tea experts they are passionate about tea quality but also fascinated to deliver tea in a beautiful manner. They pride themselves on being able to provide premium tea straight from origin and being able to help educate their customers in all of the natural treasures that the tea world has to offer.
Not to long ago now Morima kindly sent me a selection of their teas to try, This included : A Tie Guan Yin Oolong, A Wuyi Jin Jun Mei Black Tea, A White Bud Chelan (2017 Spring) Oolong and a Wuyi Lapsang Souchong (2017 Spring).
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I and a lot of others often focus just on the heavily flavoured blended teas and tisanes that the industry is full of these days ( Not that complaining – I love them) But classic non blended teas are overlooked and that’s not the way It should be. We wouldn’t have the tea industry we have today without them, and their stand alone flavours are truly magnificent.
Elevation: 600m – 800m
Origin: PengLai Town, Anxi, Fujian
My love for Oolong teas started early this year, ever since it has only gotten stronger and stronger. Tie Guan Yin was the first Oolong I ever tried back when I collaborated with Ah Tea early this year and when I saw that I had been sent some from Morima to try I was ecstatic. I’m always on the look out for new Oolongs that I can compare to ones I’ve already tried. From the moment I opened the small vacuum sealed package that this came in I know it was going to be great.
This is an excellent Tie Guan Yin, This tea is delightfully silky, floral, sweet, creamy, and possesses a fantastic mineral quality with an almost vanilla bean like aftertaste. Simply Wonderful. The thing that struck me most, however, was the incredibly refreshing nature of this tea. It made me feet as if I were sitting outside in the grass on a warm day, Iced Green Tea in hand soaking in everything the day has to offer. I steeped this tea 5 time .. that’s right 5 TIMES… each time it almost felt like a I drinking a whole new oolong. It really is amazing to note just how much a flavour profile can change . (Please never throw away your tea leaves after just one steep).Overall Teacups Rating : 4/5
Wuyi Jin Jun Mei Black TeaCultivar: Lapsang souchong
Origin: Tongmuguan, Wuyishan, Fujian
Before trying this I had never tried a Jun Jin Mei before so I’m jumped right in there and tried this one first. I’m normally a little hesitant when it comes to trying teas. Especially ones I’ve never encountered before. But that has held me back for to long now so I forced myself to try this one first and open my self up to being confident when it comes to new teas.
The dried leaf of this tea is delicate and twisted with an incredibly inviting aroma that smells malty-sweet and slightly peachy. After several minutes of boiling water the red-ish brew was honey sweet and smooth and creamy. It has a very nice mouth-feel and a lingering energy. It also had an understated maltiness and a slight astringency in the aftertaste. The first time I steeped this I steeped it for just three minutes. I managed to steep this several more times.
Overall Teacup Rating : 5 / 5 (My favourite of the bunch)
Cultivar: White buds chelan
Origin: Pinghe, Zhangzhou, Fujian
Elevation: 1100m -1200m
This is undoubtedly a top notch Oolong. It’s lightly Sweet and somewhat creamy! The first cup that I steeped was incredibly smooth and light. The stand out note of this tea for me was floral, but it’s not an overly floral tea. The mouthfeel is silky and light. (But did dry my mouth out a little bit). The aftertaste is a little milky but still mostly floral. Just like every other tea in this post I was able to steep this a good few times, and the flavours only intensified each time.
Overall Teacup Rating : 4/5 (Would have been a 5 if it hasn’t have dried my mouth out as much as it did)
Cultivar: Lapsang souchong
Origin: Tongmuguan, Wuyishan, Fujian
I’m going to be completely honest here and admit that I’m not a bit fan of Lapsang Souchong at all. I’ve tried it three times before but my taste buds just won’t have it. As you all know though I would never feature a tea on my blog without out trying it first a d this was no exception. I’m actually really glad I tried this because it may have changed my mind when it comes to Lapsang Souchong.
This is a highly aromatic tea that has an autumnal aroma, tastes slightly fruity and is quite sweet. With just a hint of smokiness.There is a pleasant sweetness to it too that is some what caramel-y. That is something that I don’t think I’ve ever really found in a Lapsang Souchong because I couldn’t ever get myself past the smoky part. Again just like the other teas in this post I was able to steep this quite a few times. (I honestly can’t stress enough how important it is to use your tea leaves more than once)
Overall Teacup Rating 3/5 – Granted it has changed my perceptions of Lapsang Souchong but its still not my favourite tea out there. This is definitely the perfect tea for those out there who want to slowly introduce themselves to Lapsang.
Which one of these tea do you think you would want to try? Let me know in the comments!
To find out more about Morima Tea and Buy these teas for yourself head to – www.morimatea.com (They’re currently holiday a Black Friday sale that lasts until the 30th so treat yourself sooner rather than later.)
As always if you have any questions be sure to stick them in the comments and I’ll answer them as best as I can.
Speak to you all again soon – Happy Steeping – Kimberley