While I’ll try pretty much any new tea that crosses my path, as a tea lover, I’ll always have my favorites. And when it comes to teas from A Quarter to Tea, I can pretty much expect that anything new I try is going to be a knockout.
Every few months, I like to order sampler packs from AQTT to try out new flavors without overwhelming my tea stash. I thought I’d sipped through everything from my previous order, but sure enough, deep in the recesses of my work-tea stash, I found this one hiding the other day and couldn’t wait to brew it up!
The dry leaf is really interesting. Big, noticeable spices and a balance of white and black tea leaves are visible with delightful whiffs of ginger and sweet, warming spices. Brewed, I get a cup like none I’ve really had before. The white tea balances out any possible bitterness from the black, and the black brings a heartiness to the white that I usually find lacking in white tea. I get most strongly the flavors of pear and spice with less ginger than I’d like, but that could be just due to the amount of tea in my sample.
I typically drink all black teas with cream (or coconut milk, in my case), but I’ve been finding myself drawn lately to black teas that don’t need that classic milkyness, and this one fits the bill entirely. Sweet and spiced but not at all bitter, still hearty enough for a morning blend, but not so that it wouldn’t make a wonderful afternoon treat. As usual, another hit from AQTT, and apparently now the end of my sample stash for real– time to stock up again!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy: A Quarter To Tea
Sweet pastry with pear, spicy ginger, and cinnamon and clove accents.