Sunday, March 11, 2018

TeaBento: Jiri Horse, A Tea Review

NameJiri Horse

Company: TeaBento

Type of Tea: Balhyocha!! A Korean tea that has been oxidized, I see a lot of (honestly pretty tedious) debate as to whether this tea is a black tea or an oolong, I am fully on the black tea side, granted the argument makes sense because Balhyocha is all of the oxidized spectrum, going from Hwangcha which is about half oxidized to Hongcha which is fully oxidized. Both taste more like black teas to me rather than Oolong, so that is where I stand.

Description of Dry Leaf: Wiry and dark, medium sized length and very slender with no fuzz to be found, just darkness all the way.

Aroma of Leaf: Malty and sweet, like cocoa and molasses with a touch of myrrh and a wonderful very sweet freshly baked sugar cookie finish. Steeped up, the aroma is immensely molasses and brown sugar heavy, with a touch of stewed plums and cocoa, reminds me of the most decadent dessert and I want to eat it.

Aroma of Tea: Sweet and fruit, stonefruit with a touch of cocoa, and of course heavy molasses and a bit of toasted sesame at the finish. It is very aromatic and sweet, but not at all cloying.

Preparation Style: Tossed it in my Korean Dahguan a teapot that is similar to a shiboridashi, at 195F for my usual 30-60-90s steeps

Taste: Oh it is like nectar! I am not just saying this because it is the first black tea I have had in over a week (curse you stomach!) or because I have a crippling addiction to Balhyocha, no, I call it nectar because it is! Sweet roasted plums (with a touch and I mean really only a touch of grilled fruit skin) and roasted cocoa beans blend with toasted cumin, molasses, myrrh, and a long lingering taste of brown sugar and peony flowers. Really this tea is more like dessert than tea, later steeps are less sweet and more...not really savory, but rich, it is delicious and mildly addictive. My only complaint with this tea (and really all Balhyocha) is that it doesn't last very long, four steeps is all you are likely to get, five if you want a really mild final steep. I always want them to last longer since their tastes are so delicious.

Oddball Notes: This tea pairs really well with a favorite snack, Bhel Puri, a spiced puffed rice mix from Gujarat, it plays off the underlying spice notes of the tea and really goes well with its sweetness as a counterbalance to the heat of the snack. Doubly so when you fancy it up with chopped peppers, tomatoes, and cilantro!

How I Acquired The Tea: Sent for review

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