Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Culinary Teas
Queen Mary is a perfect breakfast tea. Good body but not overpowering. Coppery bright and excellent flavor. A traditional favorite.
Wow! Now this is black tea!
This is a very powerful tea. It’s got the gusto to get you up-and-at-’em, but at the same time, I don’t find it too powerful. It has an astringent edge to it, but again, it isn’t too astringent.
The brewing parameters on the package of this tea suggest a 3 – 5 minute steep time, but, I would recommend something closer to the three minute range as it can get a tad bitter if you steep it much longer. While it does have a tannic taste to it (with an ever so slight hint of bitter right towards the middle of the sip), it isn’t off-putting at a short steep time. However, if you’re one who likes a good, stiff cup of tea – brew it longer!
Needless to say, the flavor is bold, but I wouldn’t call it brash or harsh. It is very invigorating – making it a perfect breakfast tea (and it takes the additions of milk and honey quite well!) or an early afternoon pick-me-up if you’re starting to feel sluggish.
I wouldn’t say that this is an incredibly complex tea, it is pretty straight-forward. However, sometimes you just want a good, strong black tea, and this one will fill that need. I’ve been sipping on this for a while now, I’m beginning to pick up on a sweet undertone (I didn’t sweeten this cup for the review) that is almost caramel-like in nature. It has a hint of black currant/wine-like flavor towards the end of the sip. The sip finishes dry with very little aftertaste.
A very pleasant cuppa indeed!
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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