Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Praise Tea
A likeable, medium-bodied tea good both with and without the addition of milk.
Something very odd about this tea when I first began to brew it and with my first sips… it was very much like a Darjeeling! The tea leaf looks a bit like a Darjeeling, as does the brewed liquor, and the taste had a very Darjeeling-esque quality to it. I even noted a bit of muscatel in the flavor. The astringency was a bit lighter than in a typical Darjeeling, but, it was still quite similar to Darjeeling.
As the tea cooled slightly in my cup, I noticed that the tea began to take on more characteristics of a Nilgiri. It developed a bolder flavor, and that which I tasted as muscatel before became more of a citrus-y note in my cup. Like I said, it was very odd!
Anyways… my odd experience aside, this is a very enjoyable cup. It has a pleasant brisk flavor to it. The citrus-y notes give it a clean, bright flavor. As I mentioned previously, there is a light astringency to the cup which leaves my mouth feeling cleansed but it is not an overly drying sensation. A very smooth, robust tea.
This tea would be perfect as an afternoon tea or a lighter option for a morning tea. Although the company description suggests it with or without milk, I quite prefer this without milk. It also has a natural sweetness to it and doesn’t need sweetener.
A delicious, well-rounded tea!
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!
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