Frances Bissell’s Special Blend from Upton Tea Imports


Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Upton Tea Imports

Tea Description:

The Times Cook (The Times, London) has suggested this insightful blend of Ceylon teas from the Nuwara Eliya, Kandy and Dimbula regions. An exemplary Ceylon experience.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

When I opened this pouch, I was surprised at how floral it smelled!  I generally expect a black tea to have a somewhat earthy aroma, and sometimes a hint of flower will be tucked in there amongst the other scents.  But the floral aroma of this Frances Bissell’s Special Blend from Upton Tea Imports is so distinct!  It’s quite delightful!

The flavor is also pleasantly floral.  But don’t take that the wrong way … this is not an overly flowery tasting tea like, perhaps a jasmine scented green tea might be.  But there are some sharp floral notes to this cup.  I taste hints of honeysuckle!  I also taste a sweet and sour note that reminds me of a just under-ripe plum … or perhaps … now that I continue to sip, it reminds me of a juicy citrus.  It is more sweet than sour, and it is quite a delightful contrast to the aforementioned floral notes.

There are also hints of earth, wood and a crisp briskness that is invigorating.  It has a very bright flavor – it’s very refreshing.  This would make an excellent iced tea, and would be really nice served with a thin slice of citrus to accentuate the natural fruit notes of the tea.  I found it quite delightful served hot too.  A really nice afternoon pick-me-up.

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