Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Teatulia
Let the Sun Shine.
A mighty palate that will transport you to the base of the Himalayas on a clear day. A perfect morning tea.
OK right off the bat, I have to say that I really like Teatulia. They are dedicated to environment – even to the extent of revolutionizing their packaging to eliminate waste. Just check out the homepage of their website, and you’ll see what I mean!
This is a brisk, inviting breakfast tea. It starts off smooth, which leads into a slightly brisk and slightly bitter taste and recovers with a sweet finish that is almost honey-like. The bitterness is not strong at all, and does not interfere with the tea flavors; I think it actually enhances the tea because the sweetness seems to come through just a little bit sweeter and tastier than it might have without it.
I must admit, though, that I was expecting something different when I first tasted this tea. I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but with a name like “Bengal Breakfast” I expected something stronger and bolder than what is in my cup at the moment. That is not to say that it isn’t a delicious tea – it is! It just is not as invigorating as some of the breakfast teas I’ve encountered, and not as stout as I personally envisioned it to be (maybe I was thinking Bengal – Tiger – rough and tough and raring to go?)
While I enjoyed this tea hot, I think it would make a very nice iced tea as well. Because of its somewhat clean and mild character it would take well to whatever additions you might like to add – from milk and honey, to flavored syrups, to just a simple slice of lemon or lime.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!