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Portland Blend from Strand Tea Company


Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Strand Tea Company

Product Description:

Estate grown Indian and China black teas blended by Strand Tea Company with the Pacific Northwest in mind. This is a satisfying, rich, and smooth blend you can drink all day. One of our most popular breakfast blends.
Taster’s Review:

When I found this tea on Strand Tea Company’s website while shopping around for a new Yixing mug, I knew I had to try it.  I live just minutes from Portland, Oregon.  I love it there!  So I definitely wanted to taste a tea that was named after it.  Fortunately, Strand also carries Yixing mugs so it gave me a good excuse to include this tea in the order!

The tea is beautiful with lots of golden tips.  There is also an occasional rose petal or two (Portland is the city of roses!)  It has a soft yet pleasant aroma that when brewed develops into a sweet, caramel-y smell with notes of smoke.

This is a very delicious black tea blend.  There is a deep, rich flavor with a backdrop of caramel-y sweet goodness.  There is a toothsome quality to this tea and a bake-y taste that goes along with it.

This cup has a vibrant flavor that is brisk and bold enough to get one up and running for the day.  Complex flavors throughout the sip, with hints of smoke (not too much though, thankfully!), spice and peach, but mostly what I taste is that caramel note.  The smoky taste really compliments the sweet notes very well.

A very pleasant tea with which to start the day!  Warm and comforting.  It takes well to the addition of milk and honey too, if you care to add them.  It is also nice as an iced tea, but I prefer it hot!  It is a perfect tea to enjoy on a cold, wet morning like this! YUM!

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“Portland Blend from Strand Tea Company”

  1. Profile photo of keenteathyme April 13th, 2011 at 1:23 pm       keenteathyme Says:

    This sounds delicious and decadent – peach, spice, caramel. I’ve never even heard of this company but this a reason to try it! Great review! :)

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