|"The tea was a lovely dark mahogany - not as dark or full bodied as the typical black tea. It's smelled nice and tasted wonderful black. It's smooth, non-astringent, earthy and sweet. "|
But this tea, Bolivian Whole Leaf Black tea was not on sale - though it is a very special tea. It is grown 5000 feet above sea level, in the valleys of the Andes Mountains, where the air, cool from the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, mingles with air moist and warm from the Amazon. It is a blended cultivar, not a specific cultivar as from China or Assam. The website suggests it might be compared most to an assam, but I have a hard time with that as there was no malty flavor about it at all.
When I opened the packaged I was shocked at the size of the leaves! The smell was lovely black tea, with a bit of a sweet earthy scent. The instructions for brewing say to use 2 tsp to 8oz of water for 3-5 min. The problem is, the leaves are so huge, it's hard to measure a tsp! I did my best, and as I like a strong black tea I brewed it for 5 min.
Again, when I was straining the tea, I was amazed at huge the open leaves were! The tea was a lovely dark mahogany - not as dark or full bodied as the typical black tea. It's smelled nice and tasted wonderful black. It's smooth, non-astringent, earthy and sweet.
I am the queen of milk in my tea - and the description says this tea takes both milk and sugar. So I tried it with just light milk, a bit more milk, milk and light sugar. I loved the flavor every way I tasted it, but settled on my normal amount of milk, with a very light addition of sugar.
The taste is not heavy and has some very unique undertones. The description on KTeas suggested so many flavors I couldn't imagine them all - but I certainly can taste the "sweet potato", especially as it cools down. There's a bit of spice and sweetness too. But all of these are very subtle undertones.
Though I probably wouldn't choose this as my daily tea, I would definitely enjoy having this tea as one of my unique tea choices!
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