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The Converter -- Taiwanese Assamica Black Tea

The Converter -- Taiwanese Assamica Black Tea

Regular price $3.50

The Converter

Taiwanese Assamica Black Tea

We named this tea for its potential power of 'converting' those who know and love the classic 'Lipton' black tea flavor to higher-quality stuff. Or at least we hope it can! Made with an Assamica cultivar imported into Taiwan by the Japanese 100 years ago, the tea is instantly recognizable as similar to the vast majority of black tea bags. BUT, it is made into a high-quality tea. A black tea that is ball rolled, it has the familiar strong malty kick of tea bags but without the bitterness or astringency. Instantly familiar, and instantly recognizable as of being higher quality, this tea has no pretensions of being anything other than a great, solid, assamica black tea.

If you do choose to try to 'convert' a heavy teabag drinker to some higher quality loose leaf, agrochemical-free stuff using this tea please let us know how it goes. If there is a special occasion or event and you want to try it out, let us know and we most likely can give you some tea at cost. Good luck :) 

**One of the only teas on the site to which it is fine, and even encouraged, to add milk and sugar:)**

Other teas from this garden: Wild Cultivar Oolong (Eastern Camellia Formosensis), 2016 Luye Red

Elevation: 300m

Status: Certified Organic

Cultivar: Assamica

Oxidization: 95%

Season: November 2019

Method: Hand picked, processed on site, very small batch

Region: Luye, Taidong

Recommend Brewing Style:

Gong Fu Style: 3-5g per 100ml, ~100C water, 30, 45, 60 then add 5-10 seconds steeps in gaiwan. Lasts 4-5 steeps.

Western Style: 3g per 100ml, ~100c water for 3 minutes. Lasts 2-3 steeps.


Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Solid, scrumptious black tea

In short, this tea is amazing. It's lightly toasted aroma and taste make this one unique in my book. No bitterness, just delicious and straightforward. I hope this one stays in stock forever!

Awesome Assamica!

This is a great black tea for daily consumption. I find it to give a pleasant sweetness with no astringent edge. A worthy tea to have in your stash!


This is an underrated tea. It's a lovely smooth malty flavor with no astringency. Excellent every day tea.

The description is spot on!

This is more like the usual black tea that Americans are used to in flavor and strength, but much tastier. Malty is definitely the word I'd use. It makes a fantastic milk tea. Not so much in taste, but in warm, toasty quality, it reminds me of houjicha milk tea, which is a favorite of mine. I'll be ordering more.