Review: KTeas London Commute (Decaf)

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Geoff’s Teaview Snapshot
Thumbs up!"Luckily this translated to the taste in the smoothest of fashions with a marked subtlety that contrasted it's forest fire fume-age. There was definitely a Ceylon in the midst of the roast and nut-like flavor."
Geoff’s Teaview: 8/10
Other Teaviews: Vanessa gave it 5.5/10
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kteaslogoThis product from KTeas resembles another of their like-brewed offerings - their Premium Ceylon Decaf. I had nothing but positive things to say about it. Here, they present a more robust, naturally decaffeinated batch with a smokier scent. Odd, considering that I never associated smokiness with Ceylons, even at their most hearty. This had the aromatic feel of a Russian Caravan blend. I was surprised but pleasantly. The leaves themselves were dark, smaller bits; not quite CTC-grade but close.

Brewing was on the standard side for a black; 1 heaping teaspoon in 8oz of boiling water for four minutes. I've recently been in the habit of brewing water to just shy of a boil, since it lends a more delicate brew in my opinion. However, KTeas' brewing instructions have never let me down in the past, so I adhered to 'em literally.

The liquor brewed to a medium chestnut brown. The scent was that of hickory smoke. Some would draw a parallel between this and Lapsang, but I thought it had more in common with a lower-grade hojicha. There were no mentions in the tea notes of it being smoked or charcoaled, so I was puzzled by the nose. Luckily this translated to the taste in the smoothest of fashions with a marked subtlety that contrasted it's forest fire fume-age. There was definitely a Ceylon in the midst of the roast and nut-like flavor.

It lives up to its name as a safe alternative for those who like their teas with less kick-in-the-groin. The resemblance to an English Breakfast was uncanny. I would even go as far to say it had something in common with Irish Breakfast, although lighter on the tongue (thank God). I can also attest to its durability as an iced beverage. It acts as a perfect base with a dash of lemon myrtle, hibiscus and stevia. No bitterness. While not quite as good as the all-purpose decaf Ceylon also put out by KTeas, this blend has its merits.

— To purchase KTeas London Commute (Decaf), 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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