Review: Joseph Wesley Black Tea 03 Classic Chinese & 04 Dian Hong Congfu

Joseph Wesley Black Tea was kind enough to send us tea samples for us to review.* Thank you!

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In sampling these two teas, we decided to do a direct comparison – made of pot of each, then compared our thoughts about each one individually, then how they compared to one another.  That was fun!

03 Classic Chinese – Overall Rating:

Taste: 4.5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: 4-5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

I have to start by saying that I absolutely love this tea! There is actually a lot of things I would like to say about it, but in order to keep myself on task I needed to get that out of the way. Ok, moving on.

When I think about what the best black tea should taste like, this is what I imagine. It is rich in color and flavor.  The sweet earthiness makes you want to keep drinking it. Though it is flavorful and complex, there is no harshness or bitterness that often comes with black tea.  Additionally, there is just enough sweetness to keep it interesting, yet it is still a very clean tasting tea.  The after taste is nice too as it lingers, and again, it makes you want to keep drinking it.

This tea would be great for anyone.  New black tea drinkers will enjoy the not-overly-strong richness and experienced tea drinkers will be refreshed by the clean, slightly sweet high-quality tea.  Because it isn’t overly robust, this tea will pair nicely with a snack; but can enjoyed on its own for its own sake.

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: 4-5 minutes
Served: Nothing at first, then cream & sugar

Joseph says his teas are single-origin, estate-grown teas. Sounds like a fine wine, so how could I not like it? You can taste a hint of fermentation in this tea, it has a light taste reminiscent of oolong tea. A classic chinese tea should go with most any food, and this fits the bill. It has a mild enough taste to drink with any food, but is rich enough that it is also good on it’s own for a tea party.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

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04 – Dain Hong Congfu Overall Rating:

Taste: 4.75 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose Leaf
Temperature: @ Boiling
Steeped: 4-5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

And here is another great tea from Joseph Wesley Black Tea!  This one hails from the Yunnan province of China and is otherwise known as Yunnan black tea. It is malty and earthy in flavor with a great finish.  While taking the first sip, it was immediately clear that this is a wonderfully high-quality tea. There is no bitterness, but the earthiness of this tea shines and gives this tea an uncommon deepness without being too strong.

This tea also would be a great choice for all tea drinkers. Both newbies and experts will find this tea easy and enjoyable to drink – an any time of day option that wont disappoint.

Taste: 4.5 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: 4-5 minutes
Served: Nothing at first, then cream & sugar

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this one and will be ordering more soon for my tea cabinet. This tea has a beautiful black tea taste with malty  hints. Yum yum! This is a medium caffeine tea with a bright deep red color. The taste & body as described by the tea maker is “sweet, fruity, malty, with slight spice.” I found this paired well with dessert. Stay tuned for our upcoming post about “caffeinated cupcakes” and you’ll have a recipe for a nice compliment dessert to serve with this tea!

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

logo_corner_2x*Please note that we are just as critical of free teas a we are of ones we purchase. If we receive a tea we can not rate at least 3 or better we sill simply not review it!

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2 responses to “Review: Joseph Wesley Black Tea 03 Classic Chinese & 04 Dian Hong Congfu

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