|"Telling you that I finished the whole tin, tells you how much I enjoyed it!"|
They have a small but excellent offering. Two black teas, a black breakfast tea, two green teas, a white tea and an oolong tea.
My loose leaf black tea arrived in a sealed foil bag to protect it from air and sunlight and then sealed tightly in a very pretty tin. I was able to keep the tea in this bag, roll it shut and the tea stayed fresh in the tin until I had drunk it all!
The tea is a dark brown with some soft caramel colored stems. It had a scent that reminded me of a ceylon. Because the leaves were fairly large, I had a hard time using a tea scoop to measure the tea. So instead, I used 3 fingers and my thumb and took a large pinch of tea. This was approximately a teaspoon full.
I drank all of this tea in my 4 cup pot as my morning black tea. Telling you that I finished the whole tin, tells you how much I enjoyed it! I used 3 pinches for each pot and let it steep in a strainer for 5-6 min and then removed the strainer.
I always started with fresh cold water, and brought it just to boil. It's a medium bodied tea so I preferred to steep it for 6 minutes. But if I went beyond that, the tea got quite bitter. So, unless you are like me and like to get your tea as strong as you can, I would suggest steeping it for 4-5 minutes.
The tea brews up a beautiful deep golden brown. I always use milk and sugar in my morning tea and this tea took both very well, though I had to be careful not to overdo it with the milk.
I found the flavor profile to be closer to a ceylon than an assam or china tea, and yet, it was unique in flavor. The description on the website says "toasty notes, with a hint of caramel, and sweet finish with a touch of spice". To be honest, I think this description gives the impression that this tea is has a complex flavor. I, on the other hand, would say it had a gently simple flavor.
Simple is not bad. It's not the type of tea that you mindlessly take a sip of and it suddenly jerks your attention to it's flavor. It's more like a favorite sweater you feel really comfortable in... a flavor you can settle down with and sip at leisure. It is a slightly sweet black tea, and if I was to put any flavor notes on it, it would be an after taste of orchard fruit.
All of that to say, I really, really enjoyed this tea. It's simple gentle profile and medium body makes it a black tea that many people would enjoy. And it made for a wonderful month of morning tea for me! And I must admit, I always like it when I am drinking a tea that is fair trade. I enjoy thinking of the small scale farmers and knowing that I am drinking tea from a company who cares about people and the environment.
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