Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tea Review: Churchmouse Autumn Tea (Churchmouse Yarns & Teas/Steven Smith Teamaker)

Advent Tea Calendar Day 3

Churchmouse Autumn Tea
Churchmouse Yarns & Teas/Steven Smith Teamaker
Type:  Black
Origin:  India, China
Product Description:  Brilliant tea master Steve Smith–founder of Tazo and, before that, Stash–produced the perfect blend to put between our Summer and Winter: Churchmouse Autumn. Once again, he astounds us with his talent.

His full-bodied creation has a round, satisfying flavor and a long, malty finish. Smooth Assam is beautifully woven with bright Ceylon and robust Keemun. Excellent as a wake-up call or afternoon pick-me-up. A spot of milk wouldn't go amiss.

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

The dry leaves have an aroma of dry wood, sweet oats, apricots, and a hint of caramel.

The red-orange infusion has a vine green, lightly malty, and lightly fruity aroma with a lightly malty flavor and a long, dry apricot finish.

While this tea would hold up well with a bit of milk and sugar, I found that the first infusion was flavorful on its own.

This tea was purchased by me.

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