Yorkshire Bold Organic Black Tea from AmiTea Organics

YorkshireGoldTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: AmiTea Organics 

Tea Description:

Bold, smooth and delicious, this is the perfect, soothing, “start your morning” tea. This is my version of the famous Yorkshire tea. Of course the actual ingredient ratios have long been a secret, but I feel I have unlocked them, and now it is in an all organic version, just for you.
I have blended malty Assam and Nilgiri teas from India, A warm, rich Tanzanian tea and a smidge of smokey Chinese Yunnan, together they make a fabulous tea, hot with milk, or even iced for sippin’ on a hot day.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This tea is just delicious.

The malty goodness and rich well balanced flavor of this fantastic unflavored blended black tea is just perfect.  Perfect for that first cup of tea to wake you up in the morning or in the afternoon when you need a pick up to get you thru the rest of the day.  I really enjoyed this one.

First infusion was strong and rich.  Brewed up like a traditional black tea, this tea was such a delight.  I didn’t pick up any smoky notes like the description says, but I am fine with that.  I have had a lot of smoky teas lately and was happy for a break. Second infusion, the strong malty touch was still there.  Not as strong, but still discernible.

I have yet to have a tea from AmiTea Organics that I haven’t just adored.

I didn’t try this one iced.  Next time I will.  I would love to try this as an iced tea.  I couldn’t help but keep brewing this up hot.  It was hitting the spot, giving me that warm and cozy feeling.

The best part of this tea was how there wasn’t a high astringency factor.  I thought for sure there would be, but this was just smooth black tea deliciousness.

Another winner from AmiTea Organics!

Yorkshire Harrogate Tea from Culinary Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Culinary Teas

Product Description: 

Few teas have such rich fullness and flavor. Yorkshire Harrogate has a lightly astringent cup becomes golden bright on milk. A traditional tea that befits a Yorkshire man!

Taster’s Review:

For many tea drinkers out there – this is the kind of blend that they think of when they think of tea.  It is good and strong.  As in STRONG!  This is the kind of tea that you’ll reach for time and time again when you want something that will invigorate you and get you going.  A perfect morning cuppa!

This is definitely a masculine kind of tea, and yet, I’m discovering a wonderful complexity to this full-flavored cup.  Yes, it is an incredibly bold cup of tea, I am not finding it to be too strong.  Layers of flavor!  A wonderful sweetness that is somewhat caramel-y (which is further enhanced by the malty tones), as well as a honey-esque sweetness.

The malty tones not only highlight the caramel-like flavors to this cup, but also its biscuit-y tones that remind me of a freshly baked loaf of yeasty bread.  And despite its robust nature, it is quite smooth.  It doesn’t have a strong bitter note (although I do taste a hint of savory bitterness toward mid-sip, it does not offer a powerful bite), and there is a fair amount of a slightly dry astringency. If you find the astringency to be a bit too much (I do not), it can be softened significantly with the addition of milk.  In fact, it takes to this addition quite well (a drizzle of honey is quite nice too)  Overall, I’m finding this to be a well-rounded cup of tea.

A right proper brew, this Yorkshire Harrogate!

Yorkshire Tea from Taylors of Harrogate

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:

Company Description:

To give our blend its refreshing flavour, strength and colour we use top quality Assam and African teas.  In the tea trade we’re renowned for paying more to get the pick of the crop.  Our experts travel the world to find the people who grow the best teas, which we then blend together using our secret recipe to create a traditional, satisfying brew.

Taster’s Review:

If someone were to say “we’re having proper English Tea” – this is the tea I would envision.  It is brisk and bold… strong and stout!  It has a “chewy” texture to it with a nice malty note.  Who’d have thought you could get so much flavor from one tea bag.

But then, this is no ordinary tea bag.  This isn’t the kind of tea that I grew up with… but I wish I had, because I think I might have had a greater appreciation for tea when I was young.  As it is, my childhood memories of tea involve a little white, yellow and red wrapper, and a liquid that didn’t really taste all that good…

This is the kind of tea that one could drink in the morning to give them that encouragement to get up and go, while still being smooth enough to be enjoyed at a garden tea party with friends.  It has a bright, ambitious flavor that goes well with milk and honey, or perhaps a lump (or two) and a splash of cream.  It would also be quite nice with a thin slice of citrus.  And as my initial unadorned taste revealed, it’s also very good – albeit rather strong! – served straight without any additions.

A very pleasant … proper cuppa!