The not-so-slothful blogger Geoffrey Norman, aka Lazy Literatus, took the time to write a detailed and thoughtful review of our teas. He also included a great summary of Jersey’s status and heritage – often an eye opener, even for us Brits! 😬💚
A sample of his post is copied below but for the full review link to his blog: Steep Stories.
Jersey Fine Tea Premium Green 2020
“First impression? This was quite unique in all respects. It was very difficult to find something to compare it, too. The closest approximation I could make was a small garden pan-fried green from Assam. (Not a slight; that stuff was excellent!) The leaves were large, twisty, dark green in appearance, and gave off an aroma of sweet green beans, roasted dates, and honey-lathered chestnuts. Basically, the world’s most decadent trail mix aroma.”
“As for taste . . . I mean . . . just wow. The forefront was straight smooth honey sweetness that translated to a leafy/floral middle, but went back to that smooth sweetness.”
Jersey Fine Tea Premium Black 2020
“From aromatics to appearance, this screamed, “Shan Cha!” That black tea made from Taiwan’s indigenous tea-adjacent species. The smell was all clay, wintermint, and menthol, but with a slight shade of malt.”
“The liquor brewed up rather light, which was more in line with expectations for a long-leaf black. The palette was a lighter shade of copper with a “menthol cigar wrapping” aroma. (I know that’s not a thing, but my mind goes to weird places when trying to make associations. Deal.) The flavor echoed the aromatic presentation. This tasted like a Taiwanese black tea. Veeerrry close to echoing the wild-eyed notes of Shan Cha, specifically. Earthenware pottery, mint, malt, and aromatic resinous wood all came to mind as well.”