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Indian Black

Organic Kundaly from Butiki Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black, Indian

Where to Buy: Butiki Teas

Tea Description:

Our Organic Kundaly is sourced from the Kanan Devan Hills Plantation in Kerela, India. This extra special Pekoe grade tea has floral and roasted walnut notes. Organic Kundaly is an assertive lightly astringent black tea.

Ingredients: Organic Kundaly Black Tea

Recommended Brew Time: 4 minutes
Recommended Amount: 1 level teaspoon of tea for 8oz of water
Recommended Temperature: 210 F.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I really respect Stacy from Butiki Teas and her dedication to organic and natural flavored teas! See more info on her here.

This is not as assertive as some morning blacks so you could also have this as an afternoon tea, heck you can have any tea you want at any time but for the sake of reviewing I would say this is a brunch tea!

It has malty notes but they are not “in your face” and it is a bit lighter and less bold than some Indian black teas. There is an earthy note to it which reminds me a bit of peat and tree bark. Next to no astringency.

The mouthfeel is rather bright, and crisp.

There is a light tanginess – more of a twang in this tea. If tea notes could be explained by musical notes this would make the sound of a person picking on a banjo. That may have made no sense at all but it just has this “pluck” to it which is delightful!

I pick up a very gentle spice note in the background of this tea slightly like black peppercorn but its so slight it could easily be missed!

This is a fairly straight forward tea, its not layered with complexities but it is in fact a very good example of a high quality Indian black with enough of a difference from most that it is quite unique and one that you should try!

Juicy Peach from Teajo Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Single Origin Indian Black Tea

Where to Buy:  Teajo Teas

Tea Description:

A delicious black tea made with whole leaf black tea and infused with natural peach flavor! This refreshing tea is great hot or on ice.Tea Type/Origin
The black tea in this blend is single estate and originates from a garden in Northern India known for producing full-bodied tea.
Ingredients
Full leaf black tea, natural peach flavor, rose petals, rose hips and tea flowers.
Brewing
Brew 1 teaspoon loose tea in hot water (180 – 212˚F) for 3 minutes.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

While I would not call this the peachiest tea I have ever had, nor the most complex, it is one of those teas that is well suited for anyone from a person who has never had tea before to the most avid tea lover.

You can get about three solid infusions out of one teaspoon which is nice. The peach flavor is very natural and no cloying sweeteners are added. The rose petals and rose hips make a pretty presence in this tea and make it lovely to look at.

A nice base tea is good, and organically grown which is absolutely a plus in my book. Some information taken from the Teajo Teas website states:

“Our teas meet strict global residue standards and are organically grown without the use of harmful chemicals or pesticides. In addition, we make every attempt to recycle and reuse as much of our shipping materials as possible. We also ask that our customers join us in helping our environment by reusing or recycling the packaging materials that come with our teas.”

I like this statement!

No, this is not a knock it out of the park flavored tea but I tell you what, the past several days I have not felt up to par and a lot of my favorite teas have not been settling well with me. I kept finding myself reaching for just two teas during this time. This is one of them.

Its a solid peach flavored tea that is very natural in its flavoring and has just a tiny slightly bit of a floral flavor. No flavor is fighting with any other to grandstand, yet meld wonderfully into one easy and mellow blend.

This is for sure one of those teas to keep in your stash for company, for yourself, for people you want to introduce to a good tea, but not one that is terribly complex or overwhelming.

Its great iced, cold steeped, hot, straight, with sweetener, even some milk or cream could be added, its just a stand up quality tea.

I am calling it my “feel good” tea because when I am not up to par the last thing I feel like doing is studying flavor notes, aromas, and complexities in a tea. Granted I also don’t want something dull either. This tea from Teajo Tea was, and will in the future, be my go to cup for when I am feeling less than stellar. And you know what? I am feeling fine today and still enjoying a cup of this Juicy Peach tea from Teajo Teas!