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Hong Jing Luo
thepuriTea.com. [More info]
1st Infusion (in the cup):
Aroma, plain — Rich, not very fruity
Taste, plain — Background fruitiness, toasty, mild, not bitter, slightly astringent
Aroma, enhanced — N/A
Taste, enhanced — N/A
2nd Infusion — Lighter aroma, not bitter, little bit more astringency
This tea company is on a true winning streak. All I can think is that when owner Nav Nouhi decided to start selling teas, he didn’t go into it with his eyes shut. Despite the poor Website design that is built entirely with Flash and is therefore quite annoying, at least to this Usability Engineer, the teas have all been stand-outs so far.
The dry tea is not black in color, but dark with some golden highlights. The leaves after steeping are very dark green and reveal that this tea is comprised of the ideal arrangement of two Camellia Sinensis leaves and a bud from the stem tips.
The company Website recommends steeping for 3-5 minutes, but the package label says 5-7 minutes. I hope the discrepancies I’m seeing between the labels and the Website get corrected in future. Flashy design doesn’t matter if the content isn’t accurate.
The liquid is a medium orangey brown. The flavor is mild but with a slight astringency. As it cools a bit, it takes on more fruitiness and even a slight floral quality. To get two infusions of somewhat equal strength, we infused the 1st time for 5 minutes and the 2nd time for 6 minutes. (We chose to go by the package label, not the Website instructions.)
Hubby tried the tea with a bit of milk and sweetener but didn’t find the taste one to recommend. I enjoyed the tea straight so much I didn’t even want to try it with the milk and sweetener. If you are the kind who likes your tea straight, you’ll really like this. If you prefer milk in your tea, go ahead and try this one that way, but you’ll miss the subtle flavors. Milk is more for strong, bitter, highly astringent teas.
Their packaging of these sample sizes were rather interesting.
Disclaimer: This tea was provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.