Review: Tea Palace Afternoon at the Palace

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Thumbs up!"Since I always drink my black teas with a touch of half and half, I added a dollop and sampled it again. The edge of bitterness was gone, allowing the sweet, pungent, nutty, biscuity flavors to blossom and smooth out over my tongue, still with a definite astringent pull."
Lynn’s Teaview: 8.5/10
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palaceafternnoonThis was my first experience with the Tea Palace company of London, and the first time I’ve seen teas categorized, among several other ways, by time of day. I rather like that, and had fun looking at the different options, some of which surprised me: toasted Kukicha for breakfast or their Morning After, said to be good for hangovers. Late nights call for herbals, of course, but jasmine scented greens and scented whites are advised for evening sipping.

Afternoon at the Palace, a mix of China black teas and single (unidentified) estate Darjeeling, is, naturally, prescribed for afternoon enjoyment. The dry leaves were broken into fairly small pieces, though not fanning small, and smelled woody and floral, like cedar, with hints of “leather and tobacco” like a Yunnan.

Following the directions given, I brewed one teaspoon in a cup of just boiled water and let it steep for four minutes. The resulting liquor was dark, coppery red and now had a lighter, sweeter aroma. Tasting it plain, I found it just a bit harsh on the tongue, with a slightly metallic taste I associate with Assams—but for those who take their tea unadulterated, this would probably come across as briskness. The sweetness was there, though, and a pungent briskness of a Darjeeling. Since I always drink my black teas with a touch of half and half, I added a dollop and sampled it again. The edge of bitterness was gone, allowing the sweet, pungent, nutty, biscuity flavors to blossom and smooth out over my tongue, still with a definite astringent “pull.” It was lighter in taste than many Yunnans, but had more body than some Darjeelings. All in all, a very nice, refreshing combination. The caffeine content is good for an afternoon pick me up and the flavor goes well with a few ginger cookies (which I just happened to have on hand.) Highly recommended.

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