Queen Elizabeth Black Tea (Organic, Fair Trade) from CaryTown Teas

queenelizabethTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where To Buy:  CaryTown Teas

Tea Description:

An elegant blend of Assam, Darjeeling, and Nigliri, with exquisite warm and nutty notes.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

A very nice tea blend – it’s hearty enough to serve as a breakfast tea, but it would also be quite nice to serve to guests at a luncheon (or tea party!) or, as an afternoon pick-me-up when a lighter black tea just won’t cut it.

There is definitely some heft to this cup.  It has a strong, rich flavor, but the Darjeeling in the blend keeps the bolder notes under control just a bit, so that it doesn’t become too much.  Just a touch of light to what I might otherwise consider a very dark blend … like a candle in an an otherwise pitch black room.

There is a really lovely undertone of sweetness here that is like honeyed caramel.  This is further accented by the notes of malt in the tea, as well as the fruit-y notes that are scattered throughout the sip.  The description above suggests warm and nutty tones, and I get those as well.  The finish is astringent, but nothing too overwhelming.  I tasted no bitterness, but, this isn’t a tea I’d recommend over-steeping.  In other words:  don’t forget to set your timer with this one!

This would make an excellent latte, but I find it quite enjoyable served straight as well … a drizzle of honey is also quite nice in this.

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