Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Teaside’s 2016 Jin Xuan Black Tea. I will admit that even though this is a black tea I was a little bit worried that after the first tea I tried from Teaside made me feel so insanely spaced out for almost a full day and my heart feel like it was beating for too slowly that this one would do the same. (The tea was nice I just didn’t enjoy how it made me feel) Which explains why I chose to leave such a gap between my tasting sessions as well. Never the less I still wanted to try this and let you all know what it was like you can never judge a tea company by just on tea so I wasn’t going to write Teaside off completely just because of my experience with that first tea I tried.Here’s what Teaside have to say about this tea on their website: High grade Black tea made from Jin Xuan (milk oolong varietal) oolong bushes leaves. High mountain tea from 1400 meters. This tea has a delicate and subtle aroma of biscuits and fruits. The taste is slightly breadish and sweet, with honey, fruit and floral notes. It is soft, with no astringency. Well suited for both, working hours and Saturday mornings – perfectly invigorates and fills with freshness. Despite its oolong breed, it is a full-fledged black tea. It does not try to replicate the taste of “red water” Oolong Hong Shui, which happens with black or red teas made from oolong bush. It has his own, independent strong character.
Tea Tasting Notes
This tea just like the first one I tried was quite nice in it’s flavours but after just 4 mouthful I had to stop drinking it because it made me feel exactly like the first one did. If left me feeling my heart was beating far to slowly and made me really light headed and dizzy. With the first of their teas that made me feel like this I thought it might have just been that the tea was too much for me and my body has reacted in that way because it couldn’t deal with it but with this tea I purposefully used less left and didn’t steep it for as long as I steeped the other and it still made me feel horrible. I have no idea why only teas from TEASIDE are doing this too much but it really does take all of the enjoyment out of drinking the tea.Like I said previously the notes that this tea has are actually really nice and if it didn’t have the effect that it does have on me I know I would enjoy drinking it pretty regularly. Mouthfeel wise its a little bit drying especially at the back of the mouth and it does have a weird strong vegetal aftertaste that I didn’t enjoy at all. As good as it is I simply can’t look past the way that it made me feel for almost a full day having only had 4 mouthfuls of it and for that reason I deffinelty wont be able to go back and re try this tea in the future. It may just be me being far to sensitive to things and these tea probably don’t effect anyone else in the way they effect me but tea is personal and each person that tries this will experience it differently.
If you are going to give this a try please let me know in the comments if it effects you the same way it does me I’m honestly really intrigued to find out why it happens. This tea has deffinelty taught me to stick to my instincts and it’s been such a learning experience for me, its safe to say it will probably be a while now before I am brave enough to try anymore TEASIDE teas because I don’t want to spend another full day feeling the way this tea makes me feel.
Overall Teacup Rating: 2/5
If you want to find out more about Teaside and purchase some of this tea for yourself, you can do both 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