Saturday, March 30, 2013

Tea Review: English Breakfast (Metropolitan Tea Company)

English Breakfast
Metropolitan Tea Company
Type:  Black
Origin:  Sri Lanka (Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula, Uva)/India (Assam, Nilgiri)/Kenya (Kericho, Nandi)
Product Description:  Today the habit of tea drinking is inexorably linked to England despite the fact that the British were fairly late on the tea scene, in historical terms. Ironically the first mention of tea in English literature is a translation of a Dutchman’s travels to the East. Tea was first brought to England via Holland on Dutch ships. As tea grew to become an ‘in’ beverage, the British government became quite incensed that a nation as tiny as the Netherlands could control the shipment of tea to the UK. A perfect breakfast tea with good body and full tea flavour notes. Coppery bright – especially enticing with milk.

Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of wood, fall leaves, and pepper.

The infusion is coppery red with an aroma of honey.  The taste is full-bodied with moderate astringency.

This is a nice breakfast blend and does well with milk, as intended.  I found that the aroma and flavor held up well through two steepings and it is still enjoyable through a third.

This was tea was provided as part of a workshop.

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