Review: Culinary Teas Yorkshire Harrogate Tea

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Thumbs up!"This would be a great tea to wake up with or since it is so smooth, a nice one to drink while reading Sherlock Holmes."
Shaiha’s Teaview: 7.8/10
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Today is the perfect day to curl up with a hot cup of tea and a good book. Especially since it is snowing outside which is actually pretty rare in my part of the Puget Sound. Rather pretty but cold hence the hot cup of tea. I really want a black tea that will give me a jolt of caffeine so I was rather pleased to find that I hadn't yet reviewed this particular tea.

This tea has an unusual appearance in that it appears as though the various types of black teas, Yunnan, Nilgiri and Assam, where all ground up together and pressed into little pellets a little larger then coffee grounds. Dry there isn't any aroma to speak of.

According to the website, this tea can be steeped between 3 to 7 minutes. As it is ground so small I decided to go with the lessor amount in water of 212 degrees. Oh and I used 5 teaspoons of pellets to 1200ml of water.

Even at the shortest steep the liquor is a dark reddish brown with a faintly malty aroma. The taste with just a hint of rock sugar is surprisingly smooth with a bit of smoke and a bit of malt. A very mild tea. Since I wanted to also try it with some cream however I decided to go ahead and steep for another couple minutes. This brought out some astringency but not enough to make it unpleasant. The additional couple minutes does make for a stouter cup, one that is well able to hold its own with the cream and sugar. It now has the oomph of an Irish Breakfast tea with the smoothness of an English. Very nice.

This would be a great tea to wake up with or since it is so smooth, a nice one to drink while reading Sherlock Holmes. I don't think that I would make a purchase just to get this tea since I don't tend to drink blended blacked teas but I would certainly drop in my cart to round out an order.

— To purchase Culinary Teas Yorkshire Harrogate Tea, 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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