Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Harney & Sons
This full-bodied yet mellow tea is a great way to welcome the sun each morning. We have chosen Kenya and Kenilworth for this blend. The golden tips of Milima are reminiscent of Assam and the bold leaves of Ceylon’s Kenilworth are very mellow.
Learn more about this blend here.
If I were to select only one word to describe this Big Red Sun Black Tea Blend from Harney & Sons, the word would be pleasant.
Of course … you probably don’t read this blog just to hear me spout one word about a tea, right? You probably want a few more words. OK, so I’ll give ’em to you.
Yes, this tea is pleasant. I don’t know that I’d get a whole lot more flowery with my wordage than that … I don’t think I’d describe this tea as significantly bold or rich or well-rounded. It has a pleasant flavor that is sweet with a slightly bitter/savory/vaguely sour tone that hits about mid-sip. It isn’t an unpleasant bitterness, it’s actually kind of nice because it offers a contrasting flavor to the sweeter notes.
It is moderately astringent. It has notes of fruit and flower within the sip, with a sweet honey-like undertone. This isn’t a tea that I’d reach for as that first cup of the day, because it doesn’t really have that “wake-up” kind of flavor nor the vigor that I look for in a first-cuppa tea. It is more like a mid-morning tea, or perhaps an early afternoon tea.
I like this alright … but I can’t say that this is my favorite black tea blend that I’ve ever tasted, because it isn’t. It’s enjoyable … it’s … well, it’s pleasant. Just like I said at the start.
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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