Adding to my Japanese tea collection is this beautiful organic black tea. With a red-golden cuppa, I love the smooth and full body this tea presents. Japan is known for its delicious green teas so finding a black tea is special. When I first taste tested this tea I automatically assumed the steeping temp was 205°F, a typical black tea setting. When I was preparing to post it on my website I was excited to taste the tea again. I realized I must've steeped it too long. It had a stronger astringency to it than I remembered. There's a reason for that, it should be steeped at a lower temperature. After I steeped it at the correct temp, it shined. That was the smooth and rich taste I was looking for. Check out the full description below for this tea and learn about the uniqueness of Benifuki. You'll want to add this your black tea collection too.
$3.00 – $100.99
The Land of the Rising Sun, traditionally bound to green teas, has recently been developing a noticeable trend towards oxidized teas. Black teas from, for example, Darjeeling or Sri Lanka are gaining in popularity. For this reason, local tea companies are now trying their hand at producing black teas and are reaping success, as shown by this organically grown Benifuki!
The base of this tea is a hybrid grown from the Thea Assamica and Sinensis shrubs, which was developed in 1965 in the Kagoshima prefecture in Japan. The leaf has a flatly worked, rough, deep black appearance, a reddish golden cup color and the taste profile presents a full body with a decent sweetness leaving a nuance of ripe plums as an aftertaste.
organic black tea
(1 1/2 tsp (6 gr) to 6-8 oz water)
2-3 minutes 176-194°F
Number of Western Infusions: 2
(1 1/2 tsp (6 gr) to 3 oz water)
20 secs @ 190℉, add 10 seconds to each infusion
Number of Eastern Infusions: 4