Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Gorreana Tea
Gorreana’s broken leaf tea has been a staple on European tables for over a century. Grown in the highly aromatic hills of the Gorreana estate, comes this fantastic breakfast tea that indulges the senses. Once you mix your boiling water with this fantastic loose leaf tea you witness what tea lovers calls a “dancing of the leaves,” where the water begins to turn a golden jaune as the fresh loose leaves ignite your tea.
This tea is perfect for those who like to add milk or sweetener to their tea. Higher in caffeine content then our green tea -still significantly much lower than a cup of coffee. Picked from the lowest leaf, this tea has a smooth aroma and taste, with very little in tannin. A European treat 5 generations in the making!
This tea surprised me – in a very good way. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from a tea called “Broken Leaf” because the tea snob in me has my mind set that says whole leaf is better. And, usually, it is. But this is an example of not judging a book by its cover … or, not judging a tea by its name.
This tea is delightful. The body is a little lighter than a typical black tea – I would classify it as a medium-bodied tea. It doesn’t feel as strong or gutsy as, say, an Assam might, making this an excellent afternoon tea. It would also be great iced, served with a little lemon, perhaps?
The flavor is smooth and sweet. Overall, I’m finding this tea to be pleasant and light – a perfect refreshment for days when you don’t want to feel weighed down. This is the kind of tea that I’d keep on hand when I want something simple and unfettered.
This is what every day tea should be!
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!