Review: Culinary Teas Queen Mary Tea

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Thumbs up!"A basic blend of 3 black teas sourced from two continents ... a good, sturdy cup of black tea."
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The Queen Mary blend by Culinary Teas was apparently produced in an attempt to replicate a former Twinings blend that is no longer available. I can't attest to the authenticity of the flavor since I never had the pleasure of knowing Twinings' version, but Culinary Teas' blend is a basic blend of 3 black teas sourced from two continents. It contains Assam (from India), Ceylon (Dimbula, Sri Lanka) and black tea from Kericho (the largest tea production District in Kenya).

The aromatic dried blend contains quality, medium-sized semi-broken leaves. Elements of each tea are evident - the malty scent of Assam and the citrus notes from the Ceylon are equally prominent, while the crisp freshness of the Kenyan tea supports. A coppery, bright cup results from a 3-minute infusion. More citrus notes on the nose and the palette. Although it is nothing out of the ordinary, or unique, or extreme, or flashy with bells and whistles... it is a good, sturdy cup of black tea. It's got substance to it, and of course quality, that cannot be matched by a typical fannings or dust-filled tea bag. Culinary Teas suggests adding lemon and sugar for a treat - although I can't attest to having added lemon (only due to the lack of fresh lemons at my disposal as of this writing), the tea does practically beg for it, and you just know that it would make an excellent additive. Pour that over ice and there is no doubt this would be more-than-satisfactory in the coming summer months.

— To purchase Culinary Teas Queen Mary 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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One Response to “Review: Culinary Teas Queen Mary Tea”

  1. Joe Holdner Says:

    I don’t know what else was in the Twinning’s blend of Queen Mary tea other than Darjeeling. I just finished my old tin of it, and there was that muscatel scent to the end. The tin stated it was a mix of black and Darjeeling teas.

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