Review: Culinary Teas Yorkshire Harrogate Tea

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Its OK"A full-flavor tea that is sturdy yet brisk..."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 6.7/10
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This tea is a blend of Yunnan, Assam, Kiambu and Nilgiri teas. As appearances go, this tea is nothing to get too excited about, as the blend consists of rather smallish sized leaf pieces with a good deal of dust mingled in. Despite the rather unimpressive appearance, the dry blend does offer a sturdy aroma that hints at the full-bodied nature of this blend. I brewed this tea using boiling water and a three minute infusion time. The Culinary Teas website suggests a steep time ranging from three to seven minutes; I can't imagine how strong and/or bitter this tea would taste after seven minutes, so I opted for what I thought was the safer three-minute infusion. This is a full-flavor tea that is sturdy yet brisk. What I enjoyed most about this tea was the "biscuity" aspect of the flavor, and by that I mean that the tea has a flavor component that is reminiscent of a biscuit or cookie. Though hard to pinpoint exactly, I would say that the best comparison would be the flavor of a graham cracker. This biscuity flavor means that the tea does quite well with the addition of milk and sugar (although I should note that I enjoyed it just as well straight up), and it also means that I found this tea to be an ideal tea for pairing with a little snack. In all, I definitely enjoyed the flavor of this tea more than I expected to based on my visual assessment of the tea. I have recently had other teas with similar flavor profiles that I would consider superior to this one, but I certainly wouldn't decline if this tea was offered to me again. It is a fairly-priced option for a basic everyday morning tea.

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