Review: Mark T. Wendell Manhattan Tribute Blend

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The weather is rather cold and wet and I have things to do. Definite need for a good black tea for encouragement. My tea today is from Mark T. Wendell, one of my favorite US vendors. They have been in the tea business since 1904 and boy do they know their business. Every tea they put their name to is first rate. I wanted to share what they say about this tea.
We have carefully blended this tea in memory of a dear friend of ours. He liked his tea strong in character, yet smooth enough to enjoy after that perfect meal. Our Manhattan Tribute Blend is the perfect combination of Indian, Formosan and Ceylon teas, devised for late day and after dinner consumption when the palate is satiated. When brewed, it produces a bold cup with a slightly floral note.

The leaves in this blend range in color from a dark flat brown to a reddish gold and are mainly broken. The aroma is rather mild and then an all around sense of 'teaness' I get the scent of growing things and baking bread.

Now I usually brew my black teas between 2 to 4 minutes depending on the tea. Mark T. Wendell however recommends letting it steep for 5 minutes using a water temp of 205 degrees. Much longer then I normally would but I decided to follow the recommendations.

The liquor brews up to bold copper deepened into almost black. The aroma is still rather mild with bits of spice, sweet bread and tobacco. I am not actually finding any floral notes.

This tea is full bodied with a medium mouthfeel. There is no astringency and just a hint of dryness at the edges of the tongue. The taste really does remind of sweetbread with the yeast, the cinnamon, a breadiness along the sweetness of flowers that lingers on the roof of the mouth.

What an impressive black tea blend. I am going to have to pick up more when I restock. Oh and the encouragement, this tea has it in spades. And one last thing, 10% of each sale of this tea is donated towards cancer research.

Visit Mark T. Wendell Teas for more information on this tea and many more from their extensive product catalogue.

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