Colour Bright light tan leading to burnt orange with
attractive green/gold at the meniscus. Similar to a well aged
Aroma Lifted, lively, lightly herbal aromas with
undertones of delicate lemony/citrus fruit with added complexity
of light aromatic spice. Hints of orange rind also come through.
Palate Light, lively, fresh, herbal front palate
developing with fine grained tannins to a soft elegant but
flavoursome mid palate and finishing with a dry lightly astringent
sensation. Palate is left clean and refreshed. Lovely balance
of herbal flavours and tannin with great palate length.
General A lighter bodied beverage, in many ways similar
in texture to a fine manzanilla or amontillado sherry.
The reference to Champagne on the packaging is probably more
relevant to most consumers as few would understand what a
fine manzanilla or amontillado would taste like.
The strong attributes of this tea are its elegance, finesse
and length of flavour. Very much a fine aperitif style.
Clearly at 6,000 feet of altitude, the climate in which this
tea is grown is quite cool and this is reflected in the fine
elegant structure of the brewed beverage. These same characteristics
are usually found in the wines made from grapes grown in cool
Although slightly off the subject it is also interesting to
note that the tannins derived from American White Oak trees
used in making wine barrels are also much finer and less astringent
when those trees are grown in extremely cold climates such
as Wisconsin in the USA.
Also the tannins in French Oak from forests such as Troncais
and Vosges, both cold climate, are fine grained and have a
degree of elegance.