|"The royal we digs this tea!"|
The leaves are a gorgeous mix of rich black tea and bright green tea leaves with a strong aroma of Darjeeling and smoky Lapsang. The infusion is a deep, copper tone with a subtle jasmine but mostly smoky nose. The first sip is bright and beautifully astringent with the dominant flavor being Darjeeling. I can taste a slight, floral sweetness from the jasmine somewhere in the middle that then develops into a finish that’s all smoky goodness.
I brewed Queen Victoria at 212 degrees for 5 minutes. I excitedly gulped down my first cup with nothing added, but for a bit of fun I added almond milk and stevia to my second cup and it was delectable that way as well. I’ve long relied on my good friend Queen Catherine from Harney & Sons for a swift kick in the pants to get me going in the morning, and now I’m excited to have another feisty monarch to add to my tea collection. Queen Victoria isn’t quite as bold as Queen Catherine, but I’ll look to Queen Victoria for a stern pep talk when the midday malaise threatens to overcome me and I feel I may swoon. We, the royal we, highly recomend this tea.
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