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North American Tea Championship

Earl Grey Manhattan Tea from Aromatica Fine Teas

 

Earl Grey Manhattan Tea from Aromatica Fine Teas is one of those teas that I have been searching for and didn’t even know it!  This eye-opening Earl Grey is much more than that – Earl Grey Manhattan Tea from Aromatica Fine Teas – is the 2015 1st Place Winner of the North American Tea Championship – and I can see why!  It’s everything you want in an Earl Grey and more!

Earl Grey Manhattan Tea from Aromatica Fine Teas provides your stereotypical Earl Grey flavor at first sip but then morphs into a bit more floral and ends on a smoother note than most.  Something that I noticed in the aroma but not-so-much in the taste was a speck of sweetness.  This intrigued me.  I appreciate that they not only used sunflower blossoms – but mallow blossoms, too!  They were both a lovely addition.

Eventho Earl Grey Manhattan Tea from Aromatica Fine Teas is the first of their teas that I am reviewing here – I have tried their Walnut Green Tea, too, (and will be reviewing that soon) and have REALLY enjoyed both offers already!  I’ve already had 2 glowingly-positive tea experiences with this company and I can’t wait to jump in to their other offerings!  I know that their other teas have also received awards but after tasting 2 of them I think they need to get a bigger shelf for all of their awards they will start collecting!  Earl Grey Manhattan Tea from Aromatica Fine Teas was FABULOUS!  My morning my start the RIGHT WAY now!


Black_Earl_Grey_largeHere’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy:  Aromatica Fine Teas
Description:

North American Tea Championship: 1st Place – Earl Greys category – 2013 Fall – Hot Teas Division

Also known as “Manhattan Earl Grey” yields a bright taste and extremely fragrant cup.  Black tea, sunflower blossoms, flavour, mallow blossoms.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Himalayan Golden Black Tea from Nepali Tea Traders

NepaliTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black Tea

Where to Buy: Nepali Tea Traders

Tea Description:

After a short summer season in Nepal, the Himalayan monsoon approaches the foothills with a magnanimous rush. The golden red soil of Sandakphu drinks in this moisture, producing a rare artisan tea that reflects all of nature’s goodness. After plucking, the leaves are 25 percent withered, then rolled in mechanical rollers. The tea is then placed in a shaping machine and further dried, producing uniformly curled leaves. The liquor is a distinctive rich golden color, with a cup that is mild yet flavorful, with a lovely balance of stone fruit and honey.  We were honored when the tea was selected the best Black tea by the North American Tea Championship in their 2015 Contest.

Learn more about this tea here.

da631ba0fdbc3728ba63bc2414a236b6Taster’s Review:

I start each day with at least one black tea and at least 3 times in the last 2 weeks I started it with Himalayan Golden Black Tea from Nepali Tea Traders.  The good thing is that I really love Himalayan Golden Black Tea from Nepali Tea Traders but the bad thing is that I don’t have any left in my stash!

Himalayan Golden Black Tea from Nepali Tea Traders has the two-toned brown/black leaves that have a medium-strong black tea that feature hints of cocoa powder when sniffed.  This was certainly the highlight of my pre-infusion tea experience.

As you infuse Himalayan Golden Black Tea from Nepali Tea Traders the aroma stands up to the water strong!  In addition to notes of cocoa powder I could pick up on the cakey and bakey type of black tea that I have been longing for!

Everything comes full circle as you sip this tea.  The taste of this Himalayan Golden Black Tea from Nepali Tea Traders is pretty fabulous!  It’s strong, deep, rich, cocoa-like, cakey/bakey, and has even a slightly bitter plum end sip to it.  The after taste leans more towards a dried apricot.  Which ever stone fruit you pick up on I feel there are many tea lovers out there that will love this tea!