Review: The Whistling Kettle East Frisian Black Tea Blend

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Thumbs up!"It is actually a really nice gentle blend and would be excellent for someone who doesn't like a pure Assam, or who is new to Assam."
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whistlingkettleeastfrisThe Whistling Kettle is an online loose leaf tea store with tearooms and cafes located in Ballston Spa and Troy, New York. They opened in 2004 with the goal of featuring both an online tea store and full service tea rooms.

I was really impressed with the catalogue I received with my samples. I spend several hours pouring over it. They have an amazing variety of tea!

This black tea blend is created with broken assams, as well as teas from Java and Sumatra Estates. When I opened the package, I had pretty high hopes when I saw the number of golden tips. This creates a nice malty tea and I love a good malty tea in the morning.

But no matter how good a tea looks, you don't know for sure if it will be on the bitter side, the weak side, or just right until you taste it. This one was just right!

I started with a pot of tea, 3 small teaspoons of tea and fresh cold water. I know from experience that brewing an Assam tea requires just the right steeping time to get the full maltiness without getting bitter. I brewed this 6 minutes and I think that was perfect. However, I later made a single cup of tea and with one teaspoon of tea and approximately 7oz of water, I only steeped it 5 minutes and also got a very nice cup of tea. The brewing suggestion is 4-6 minutes and I found that even going up to the 6 minute mark, it wasn't bitter.

The brewed tea is fairly dark and not particularly red. I could definitely smell the malty Assam, though. I drink my good black teas with light sugar and milk and this tea held up splendidly to both of these. I savored the pot down to the last drop.

Now, just because I've focused on the flavors of the Assam, don't be mistaken that this is a straight Assam tea. It is actually a really nice gentle blend and would be excellent for someone who doesn't like a pure Assam, or who is new to Assam. It's gentle, a touch of astringency and the body is middle of the road - not too light and not too heavy.

It's a great breakfast tea, though I did have one cup at lunch time. I could definitely imagine having this as my regular breakfast tea.

— To purchase The Whistling Kettle East Frisian Black Tea Blend, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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