Thoughts on Darjeeling Silver Needle from The Kettlery. . .

Touted on its website as the most expensive and famous teas on earth its not hard to see why with its incredible flavor.

Truly this is a one of a kind tea. From beginning, the beautifully processed and dried young leaves, to the end, with its sweet after taste this tea is a master piece. It has a sweetness to it that is unlike anything I’ve tasted before.

What’s truly amazing is that it isn’t because of anything added to it.

The sweetness is simply because of where it was grown, harvested, and processed.

It has slight grassy notes as well but they are somehow different from that of ones found in green tea.The website also describes the sweetness as muscatel, which, when steeped correctly, is uniquely present in the undertones.

 


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy:  The Kettlery
Description

One of the most expensive and famous tea on earth from the mountains of Darjeeling. Darjeeling Silver Needle is a paradise for straight tea lover.

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Cerise Noire from Dammann Freres. . . .

I love black cherry. It is one of those flavors that just gets me. I blame my mom. When I was a little girl she used to go to an ice cream sale and pick up pints of ice cream to keep on hand. Among the haul was always Black Cherry Ice Cream and me and my mom would always sneak down in the middle of the night (aka 10 pm) and just eat it right out of the container. I got older and the fondness stuck so to this day I can’t resist black cherry or in the case of this tea, “Cerise Noire”.

French teas, such as this one, are best suited to a low and slow steeping so I brewed this for 4 minutes in 190F. The end result is surprisingly thick. Since its scented, the black tea comes through first, mild and smooth. Then comes the cherry flavoring which is subtle. French teas have a typical red fruits flavor and this tea has that, though it does lean more to cherry than anything else.

Since I had enough leaf, I decided to also brew this up as a chocolate milk latte. Chocolate and cherries are quite the pair so I figured how could this be bad. Unfortunately it isn’t great. The chocolate milk combined with with the black tea just makes for a dark flavor that is not really chocolate nor cherry nor tea. The combination is almost a bit bitter and quite heavy. I had high hopes but chocolate milk latte is not the way to go with this one.

As far as black cherry goes, there could be more. At least for my tastes. Though it does have the typical french tea flavor profile so if that is what your looking for and you’re a black cherry fan, this could be a tea for you.


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Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Dammann Freres
Description

A blend of black teas perfumed with the delicious flavour of black cherry.

 

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English Breakfast from Walters Bay. . . .

Hello dear reader, among all the interesting tea that is available in today’s market, it is nice to find a tea blend that doesn’t stray too far from the classic blends. Of course, I am talking about English Breakfast, the blend that never fails to fit my every mood. So I was more than happy to brew a cup of this English Breakfast especially when it is from a company from which I am surprised that I have never heard of for this company is 151 years old!

As I am sure is the case for most of you, this tea tastes like your typical English Breakfast blend. But that is not saying it is not good, this tea is definitely one of the best cups of English Breakfast that I have had. This tea is perfectly bold and bright with a soft dry finish combined with a perfectly sweet malty flavor. I was sad that I only had one cup to sample for my cup emptied way to fast so I will be most definitely be stocking up in the future.

Now on to the prices, a box of 15 (silk pyramid bags) is priced at $6.99 USD which will be about .47¢ a cup. For loose leaf, it would be $9.99 for a tin (18 cups per tin) that will be about .56¢ a cup and $10.99 for a bag (33 cups per bag) that is .33¢ per cup. I also don’t see any options for samples but I think spending about $7 isn’t too bad for testing a tea.

All in all, this tea is a good staple to have in my tea collection. I enjoyed my cup immensely and I see why this specific blend won first place in the 2018 Global Tea Championship in the English Breakfast category. I believe that this blend is approachable by all tea drinkers and will be a welcome addition to any tea collection

See you for the next cuppa!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Walters Bay
Description

English Breakfast Ceylon Black Tea Full Leaf Tea Enveloped Tea Bags begins with freshly hand-plucked tea leaves processed in our own Noori Tea Processing Center, in the highlands of Sri Lanka. Our Award-Winning Pekoe 1 black tea grade is meticulously processed during the Western High Grown season. This grade of tea offers a classic Ceylon signature flavor profile that is ideal as an English Breakfast Tea. It is a full bodied tea with a slight malty character and exceptional aroma. Great as a stand alone cup or with a dash of milk. Contains 15 individual enveloped full leaf tea bags. Each tea bag contains approx. 3 grams of tea

 

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Chocolate Mint Truffle from The Tea Spot. . . . .

I’m a fan of all things chocolate mint. So, I was happy to have this chance to try Chocolate Mint Truffle from The Tea Spot.

However, I was a little hesitant. The first loose leaf tea I ever bought was a chocolate mint tea, and I didn’t like it. Chocolate and black tea isn’t always a great combination for me. I find that it can lead to bitterness. The good news? This tea is it, guys. This is it. This is the chocolate mint tea I’ve been searching for.

I steep this tea for four minutes at 212 degrees. Since I know the chocolate and black tea combo is prone to getting bitter, I’m very careful about not oversteeping. This tea smells super sweet and more like real chocolate than other teas I’ve tried. So, before I ever took a sip I had high hopes.

The tea lives up to its name. Rich and sweet with a cool mint finish. It’s perfect on its own, without sweetener. I don’t have a bad thing to say about it. I never thought I’d find a chocolate mint tea that I actually liked.

This is the chocolate mint tea that dreams are made of, friends. Go grab it if you’re in need of something sweet.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  The Tea Spot
Description

Our new favorite around the office! Chocolate mint tea on a black whole leaf tea base with fresh peppermint, gives a minty fresh aroma to every sip. This full leaf mint chocolate tea creates the feeling of a decadent mint mocha, while the crisp peppermint leaves remind you that you’re having a healthy indulgence. This zero-calorie sugar-free dessert tea is one you can truly feel good having over and over again. You’ll be reminded of other chocolate mint delights, and free from the guilt, as you cozy up with a cup this season and taste the difference.

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Lady Grey from Prestogeorge Coffee & Tea. . .

Ah, Lady Grey: the Earl’s stalwart, silky wife. It was with this vixen that I first fell in love, I’ll have you know. It wasn’t a loose leaf; it was some big brand boxed tea in bags, but it occurred to me that wow, tea was BECOMING MY THING.

So thank you, Lady Grey. You were my first love and I will always be indebted to you.

This particular Lady comes from PrestoGeorge, a HUUUUUGE tea and coffee shop in Pittsburgh, PA. It’s so grand one might call it an emporium. They have ENORMOUS glass jars of tea that you can pop open and sniff. Customers and staff are constantly popping around, grabbing tea off the massive shelves and replacing it. The turnover, chaos, and lovely smells make it almost a magical Harry Potter type of experience. (To be fair, if you went on a weekday, the experience would probably be calmer. Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District on a nice, warm Saturday is always crowded.)

Prestogeorge’s take on Lady Grey is, true to form, a more delicate Earl Grey. Lady Greys are typically more flowery and has less bergamot and more lemon/orange.

This Lady carries off her title with aplomb. The mouthfeel (ew, gross word) is EXTREMELY silky. This is some QUALITY stuff. The base tea is rich, a little bit malty and maybe a smidge woodsy. It feels like the Lady has put on a nice dress and is taking a stroll around the flowers and the grounds with her husband’s hunting beagles. It’s the last of late summer. They’ve wandered a bit afar, but she knows that the beagles will lead her home. She’ll let their noses lead the way back to her Earl’s arms.

If you’re interested in acquiring this tea for yourself, you can shop online and have it shipped to you. If, however, you’re anywhere near Pittsburgh, you should go check this place out in person. It’s enchanting.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Prestogeorge Coffee & Tea
Description

Whole Leaf black tea, blue mallow blossoms and begamot and citrus flavors. The bergamot flavor is more delicate than the Earl Grey Tea. Also a hint of citrus flavor is added to Lady Grey. Enjoyed the world over.

 

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