|"A solid blend of Ceylon and Assam with a natural sweetness."|
This particular tea is a blend of Ceylon and Assam teas that has a honeyed aroma when dry. The leaves are a rich deep espresso and are rather small. I actually had to look closely at the leaves as at first glance they appeared to be CTC style but instead they are just rather broken.
I set it up to brew using 1200 ml of boiling water and a steep time of 3 minutes. The resulting brew is a medium brown with an orange tinge. To tell you the truth as the leaves were so broken I was afraid that 3 minutes would be too long and that it would be the color of coffee.
Once brewed this tea has a musty oak aroma. And to my surprise is rather mild. It has a natural sweetness so be careful if you do automatically add sugar. It has a medium body that rolls right over the tongue and does have a slightly musty taste that reminds me of a pu-erh. There is also a dryness that remains after every sip.
What did I think? Well I really liked it. Lately I have really been leaning towards Darjeeling when I have been drinking black teas however this tea does make for a nice change. And as it makes a nice second pot of tea, I have added it to my list to pick up.
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