Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Hugo Tea
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This has to be – if not THE smoothest black tea blend I’ve ever come across, then certainly one of the top three. I seriously cannot think of one that I have tasted that was smoother than this. This tea doesn’t need milk and sugar to create a smooth and creamy tasting cup – it’s like that, without additions!
So smooth and amazingly delicious is this tea that after taking the first couple of sips, I began to question whether or not it should actually be deemed a “morning” blend because it lacks that certain “kick in the cup” kind of gusto that I often look for in a breakfast blend or that all-important first cup of the day kind of tea. BUT … don’t dismiss this as not being up to par with some of those shake-you-awake kind of teas … while this tea doesn’t have that certain “shaken awake” kind of attitude, it DOES offer a more subtle approach to wakefulness.
Instead of that “kick” … what this does is wrap you with warmth, and gently invigorate you – like giving you a morning hug … so it wakes you, it just takes a kinder approach. It is a rugged, hefty tea, but, not rugged like “Rambo” who would kick your but and then ask the questions. This is more rugged like the way I’d guess Sean Connery would be … smooth, calm and collected. But still bold in its own way.
This tea has a creaminess that is malty …. mmm … caramel-y! And this is really what I notice primarily in the first couple of sips. Just this really delicious, almost decadent sort of creamy taste to the cup. Afterward, I begin to explore the many layers of flavor that this tea offers. I notice fruity notes, with flavors that range from sweet date to grape, and perhaps even a hint of sweet apple in there, but without any tartness that would be associated with any fruit. Just the sweet flavors.
Then I start to notice a chocolate-y background note. It is sweet and rich. I think I missed the chocolate-y notes in the first few sips because the caramel was so amazingly delectable that I had mistaken the hints of chocolate as part of the caramel but now I’m able to pick out the chocolate too. And now that I’m just a little more than halfway through my first cup, I start to pick up on spice notes. Slightly peppery – but only slightly – just enough to perk up the palate and get its attention, but not enough to make it taste spicy or disrupt the smooth character of the cup. Perhaps even a hint of cinnamon in the distance.
This is truly a remarkable black tea. If you’ve room only for one morning/breakfast tea in your tea cupboard, I’d recommend this one. This is one that I’d happily drink daily. It is REALLY that good.
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!