Review: KTeas Bolivian Whole Leaf Black Tea

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Thumbs up!"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. "
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kteaslogoI always enjoy heading to KTeas website, and I always check out their "specials". Not only can you purchase a large variety of teas, there is a lot of information in the FAQ section as well as the Tea 101 tab!

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!

— To purchase KTeas Bolivian Whole Leaf Black Tea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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