Jin Xuan Black Tea, leaves, from Doi Mae Salong, north Thailand – Though North Thailand as a tea cultivation region initially became popular for its Oolong teas, growers in 2011 for the first time produced black tea on the basis of the Jin Xuan No.12 tea plant that already in its first year conquered the hearts of every tea lover, who had a chance trying this high-aromatic Northern Thai tea novelty (quite some, actually, thanks to Siam Tea Shop).
In the nomenclature of this tea, DMS means the cutlivation region, Doi Mae Salong, Jin Xuan is the Chinese name of the underlying (Taiwanese) tea cultivar, black stands for black tea, and “leaves” means the open and loose leaves form, in which this tea is offered here. The carefully handpicked, processed according to old tradition, and in both rolled and loose leaf form available ‘Chaa Deng’ (= Red Tea), as the black tea is called by its ethnic Chinese producers in North Thailand, shows a clear dark red color in the cup, and the freshly infused tea’s fragrance courts our olfactory sensees with cocoa, nutty and bloomy notes and already anticipates the mild and still substantial aromatic taste of this tea, which is often compared to a Ti Kuan Yin.
Doi Mae Salong Jin Xuan Black Tea, leaves, achieves the best taste result at an infusion temperature of 90°C – 100°C. We recommend an infusion period of 3 – 4 minutes in order to fully assert the wide-facetted aromatic richness of this otherwise very mild tea, which suits very well for enjoyment in the evening, too. DMS Jin Xuan Black Leaves easily offer the potential for a second infusion maintaining full taste and aroma.