Leaf Type: Black
Where To Buy: CaryTown Teas
An elegant blend of Assam, Darjeeling, and Nigliri, with exquisite warm and nutty notes.
Learn more about this tea here.
A very nice tea blend – it’s hearty enough to serve as a breakfast tea, but it would also be quite nice to serve to guests at a luncheon (or tea party!) or, as an afternoon pick-me-up when a lighter black tea just won’t cut it.
There is definitely some heft to this cup. It has a strong, rich flavor, but the Darjeeling in the blend keeps the bolder notes under control just a bit, so that it doesn’t become too much. Just a touch of light to what I might otherwise consider a very dark blend … like a candle in an an otherwise pitch black room.
There is a really lovely undertone of sweetness here that is like honeyed caramel. This is further accented by the notes of malt in the tea, as well as the fruit-y notes that are scattered throughout the sip. The description above suggests warm and nutty tones, and I get those as well. The finish is astringent, but nothing too overwhelming. I tasted no bitterness, but, this isn’t a tea I’d recommend over-steeping. In other words: don’t forget to set your timer with this one!
This would make an excellent latte, but I find it quite enjoyable served straight as well … a drizzle of honey is also quite nice in this.
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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