Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Tea Side’s 2017 Old Trees Black Tea N3. This is a straight black tea from Thailand and I’m so glad I was given the chance to try it, because I’ve never had a black tea from Thailand and you all know just how much I love black tea and that I’m always looking to try as many new black teas/black tea based blends as well.Here’s what Tea Side have to say about this blend on their website: ‘’Black tea from 100-300-year-old trees, the highest quality material. Suitable for both, utilitarian consumption with sweets and for thoughtful tea ceremony. The perfect morning tea. The factory is certified according to the USDA Organic standard.
Harvest: Spring 2017 – Elevation: 1300 mThe dry leaves of this tea have such an amazing aroma, it’s sweet, malty fruity and ever so slightly fruity. I don’t know what I was expecting aroma wise from this blend but it wasn’t any of those notes besides the classic malty note that we all love from a black tea. You all know I love black tea so I was really looking forward to tasting this after it’s aroma impressing me so much I wanted to see if taste wise if it would make it into my top 5 or top ten straight black teas. When it comes to black teas because they are my favourite and I do try quite a lot of them it does take something pretty amazing to impress me and something absolutely phenomenal to make it into my top 5/10 lists.
Tea Tasting Notes
Aroma wise the steeped tea is bright, fruity and spicy and almost exactly the same as it was in it’s aroma which is unique as a lot of teas tend to lose a lot of their aroma as soon as you start steeping them.. The taste has bitterness, but there is no bit to it, which is great because a certain amount of bitterness can actually be quite nice in a tea like this.. The roasting is quite strong and has added an ever so slight smoked wood note to this teas aftertaste which seems to perfectly round off each mouthful. I was worried after I took my first mouthful that the smoky note was going to set off my migraines but because it was so muted and only really present in the aftertaste it didn’t affect me at all which I couldn’t have been happier about.For this tasting session I used my glass gaiwan which enabled me to be able to get 6 steeps out of the leaves that I used. Something about this tea really effected me for some reason it made me really light headed and made me feel like the world was going much slower than it actually was. It’s been a while since a tea has made me feel like and when they do its normally pu’erh hence why I don’t drink them very often so I was really surprised that a straight black tea had made me feel that way. If you are used to straight teas I would highly recommend this but I think it might be a little bit too much for people who are new to drinking them and it is very strong.All in all taste wise this tea is fantastic and if it didn’t have the effect on me that it does I could easier sit and drink this all day because of how smooth and easy to drink it is. One day I’ll probably return to this tea but I think I’ll have to take a little break from it and come back to it when I’m a little more used stronger straight teas and I can’t teach myself to enjoy them properly.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.8 / 5 | Taste wise this tea is absolutely fantastic and had it not had the effect on me that it did it definitely would have gotten a 5/5 from me.
If you want to find out more about Tea Side or buy this tea for yourself, you can do both of those things here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley