|"A delicious smoked tea with hints of apples, roses and oranges. Well worth checking out."|
Though I have been drinking black tea for years I have never tried one of the smoked variety so I decided to cut my eye teeth on one from Tea Embassy. The leaves are a good size and are a rich black brown. The aroma is piney with hints of apple and roses.
I set it up to brew using 2 tablespoons of leaves to 1200ml of boiling water. I went with the lower of the time ranges suggested and let it steep for 4 minutes. The liquor is a dark reddish brown and the aroma is now that of charcoal and pine.
The mouthfeel is hits right between light and medium. The predominant flavor is that of pine smoke with teasers of apples and roses. There is a faint citrus aftertaste that blends with the lingering smoke. Also there is a light astringency in the aftertaste that encourages the next sip.
I find my first foray into smoked black teas to be a success. This is one tasty tea though not one that I would probably stock simply because I probably wouldn't reach for it enough to keep it from going stale.
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