Review: De Vos Tea Rainforest

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Its OK"Because of its strong flavor and medium-to-heavy body, this is a good selection for those that need an eye-opening morning brew"
Vanessa’s Teaview: 6.5/10
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My sample of Rainforest black tea consisted of broken leaf bits that were rather small in size. I brought water to a boil and infused the leaves for just under three minutes. The De Vos website recommends a five minute infusion time, but my experience has been that broken-leaf teas quickly bitter if infused for too long. As it turns out, I probably over-steeped my leaves by a minute or so, even using the much more conservative three minute steeping. I can't say I strongly disliked this tea, but I also can't say I found it to be something I would drink again by choice. While the tea is described online as sweet and mellow, I found it to be rather heavy and flat. Because of its strong flavor and medium-to-heavy body, this is a good selection for those that need an eye-opening morning brew. I found the flavor to be rather flat and not as brisk as I was anticipating. I didn't try it, but I assume that this tea would take milk and/or sugar just fine because it is such a sturdy brew. This is one of those teas who's flavor lingers in your mouth long after it has been sipped. I think coffee-drinkers and those accustomed to drinking stout black teas would enjoy this one. I did notice a bitter element to the tea, even with the shortened infusion time. I would definitely recommend experimenting with leaf volume and infusion time on this blend so you can find the brewing parameters that produce a cup to your likings.

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