Today’s review will focus on the Red Tea from PT Harendong Green Farms. Thanks to the generosity of PT Harendong Green Farm, I now have an opportunity to explore several types and styles of green, red, and oolong teas from the Halimun Mountains, Banten Province of west Java, Indonesia. PT Harendong Green Farm is Certified Organic by the USDA NOP, Control-IMO, EU, Canada, and Japan. For more information on PT Harendong Green Farm, check out their website here.
The PT Harendong Green Farm is located at an altitude of around 1,000 meters (3,000 feet) above sea level. During the dry season, the bushes are supplied with fresh (unpolluted) mountain spring water.
I have not had anything to drink yet today, and the thought of fresh mountain spring water has my thirst knocking, so let the journey begin…
The dry leaves have a reddish brown to black color. The leaves are semi-ball shaped. There are small, medium, and large leaf fragments, and a possibility of some whole leaves still attached to stems. There are few bare stems included. The aroma has scents of brown sugar, molasses, wood, and spice.
Five grams of dry leaves were placed in a 9.4 ounce (280 ml) Tokoname Kyusu teapot. Filtered tap water was heated to 205°F (96° C). The dry leaves were infused for three minutes.
The first infusion produced a liquor with a light-copper brown color, clear and transparent. The aroma is fairly light, with scents of light brown sugar, wood, and light apple. The body is medium, with a soft, gentle texture. The taste is delicate, with notes of light wood, mineral (wet stones) light brown sugar, light apple, and light citrus. The aftertaste is sweet and persistent.
The second infusion produced a liquor with a lighter color, more of a golden-yellow with an orange hint. The aroma remains light, sweet, fruity, and woody. The body remains medium. The taste has lightened slightly, but has balanced out some, reducing the woody notes, and having a more noticeable hints of citrus and light apple. The aftertaste remains sweet, and has a floral hint developing.
The third infusion produced a liquor that is again a lighter color than the second infusion, being a lighter golden-yellow. The aroma, body, and taste have lightened some, but all retain the same general notes as the second infusion. The mineral (wet stones) flavor note is gaining dominance as the infusions increase in number.
The infused leaves have a dark brown, coppery-red color. All leaves are medium to large fragments, with a few leaves being nearly whole. Many leaves are attached to stems, which show a two or three leaf and small bud pluck. Some of the leaf fragments indicate a rather large, broad leaf cultivar. The leaves have a wet papery texture. The aroma has scents of wood, light char, and light apple.
The Red Tea from PT Harendong Green Farm would be a perfect tea option for fans of lighter tasting teas looking for something different. Although technically a red (black) tea, it is quite delicate in flavor. Anyone who thinks that red (black) teas are overwhelming should give this product a chance. This tea has an uplifting feeling that made me feel lighter. It was also quite refreshing and thirst quenching. This is not a red (black) tea to be used in a breakfast blend, but more of a late morning, early afternoon style of red tea. In my opinion, it is nice to know that there are red teas available that can be delicate and subtle. This is one of those teas.
Thank you again to PT Harendong Green Farm for providing this sample of Red Tea. I look forward to reviewing the other products included in the sample package. Cheers!