|"I'm so glad Kent and Sussex introduced me to this tea! How wonderful to find a tea, grown in Africa - that stands up to the quality of the typical Assam or Ceylon."|
I chose the Tanzania BOP because I love a good strong black tea in the morning. BOP, or Broken Orange Pekoe is a smaller, ball shaped leaf piece, and as such, gives a good strong cup of tea. However, don't confuse it with the dust that you find in regular teabags. It's much larger and much tastier.
Kent and Sussex Tea Company is located in the village of Pluckley in Kent England. So it made sense to me to rely on my English tea making skills and drink this tea out of my fanciest porcelain tea cups.
I started by heating my teapot with hot water and letting it sit whilst I prepared the kettle. I started with fresh cold water and brought it just to boil. I used a tea spoon I purchased in England (which are smaller than teaspoons we use in America). I used three heaping spoonfuls of tea and put it in my mesh strainer and poured the boiling water over it.
The website instructions suggest steeping it 3-5 minutes, but from my experience, most black teas are perfect for me when I steep them 6 minutes, so that's what I did. The tea was perfect!
This tea is strong, but with little to no acidity or bitterness. I get a bit of background notes of tropical fruit, honeycomb and spice.
This tea takes milk well, and sugar if you like. It is an excellent morning or afternoon tea. It goes well with sweet treats, and it goes well with savory food. And of course, it tastes best out of a teacup!
How wonderful to find a tea, grown in Africa - that stands up to the quality of the typical Assam or Ceylon. As much as I love these those two types of tea, I could easily choose this Tanzania BOP as my regular Sunday morning tea (the day I treat my self to a pot of high quality black tea). I would certainly be willing to serve this to company and at a tea party. I'm so glad Kent and Sussex introduced me to this tea!
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