|"It is a wonderfully solid tea - rich and robust."|
The leaves of this particular black tea are very small and choppy, and it's hard to imagine they will release a rich flavour based on their grainy appearance alone. Yet they smell rich and fruity. After three minutes with hot as possible water, I get an equally hearty-smelling cup. It is a wonderfully solid tea - rich and robust. It has a hint of bitterness which meshes well with the character and feeling of the leaf. The fruity and malty aspects take the edge off the bitterness.
This isn't a particularly exceptional or life-altering tea, but that isn't surprising for a tea that costs around $2.12 per ounce. I'd put this on par with the average Irish breakfast in terms of how often I could see myself aching for it as a wake-up tea. Its dark, rich profile is a good jolt to the senses, and I would happily slurp this on any winter morning/commute.
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