I couldn’t find any instructions for steeping this tea, even on the internet (which seems to be the story of my life lately. I’d get frustrated if it weren’t so funny, and also a chance to have fun experimenting!)
So I used two heaping teaspoons and about a cup of water that was a little below boiling temp, and steeped it for a few minutes until it looked good to drink! The liquid turned out a bit amber-ish but a bit on the brown/orange side. It gave off aromas of malt and sweet potato (Sweet potato is one of my favorite black tea flavors, so yay!). I definitely detected some floral notes too.
Next came the first taste. This tea is sweet and totally not bitter (although I can imagine it might become bitter if steeped hotter for longer, so maybe I got lucky and found the right steeping specifications). It’s also somewhat astringent, although I think the astringency is a bit below average for a black tea. Not that that’s a bad thing, of course.
The sweetness does actually taste a bit like it’s been sweetened with honey. And it’s slightly viscous (just a little thicker than water), which lends to the illusion of honey as well. It both smells and tastes so sweet that I decided no sugar was needed and simply added milk. I found that the flavors of this tea set off the creaminess of milk quite well and maybe even enhance it.
Overall this was a very enjoyable cup for my afternoon teatime (okay so I don’t have a designated teatime but I DO like to drink tea in the afternoons) and I’d enjoy drinking it again sometime!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy: T-Oolong Tea
Hi! My name is Tabitha and I'm an uprooted PNW native living in the South with my husband and my cocker spaniel.
My favorite teas are usually dark and strong and go well with milk and sugar. I like to combine tea-drinking with all of my favorite activities, such as listening to music, reading YA fiction, knitting, and writing blog and website content for businesses. Because I'm a well-rounded person, I also have other interests, such as wearing mismatched socks and pretending to be ambidextrous.
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