|"The tea had a nice, clean finish and was not at all bitter or too strong. "|
The Simple Leaf offers 14 varieties of tea from South Asia, most of which are offered from lesser-known tea growing regions. Their website is very informative and provides detailed information regarding the various growing regions, types of tea, and descriptions of the estates. The “Behind the Cup” section of the site is particularly interesting as it not only gives details about tea production, but also contains interviews with the tea growers. The site also allows the customer to search by tea “strength”, with delicate, mild, and bold as the three available options. Dawn is an organic black tea that falls under the mild category.
The dry leaf is made up of long, wiry black leaves with tips. The tea has a light chocolate scent with malty undertones. To prepare the tea, I used 1½ tsp in boiling water, with the recommended 5 minute steep. I usually enjoy black tea with a shorter steep-time (around 3 minutes) and I was a bit concerned that the longer steep would produce an overpowering brew or perhaps be bitter. The liquor was a deep golden brown and I was presently surprised after my first taste. The tea had a nice, clean finish and was not at all bitter or too strong. The flavor of the tea was chocolaty and also slightly fruity. I did not add any sweetener or cream to my cup, but the tea would stand up to either well. This was a very nice tea and I would recommend it to anyone interested in trying a light, but satisfying black tea.
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