Thursday, May 19, 2016

Tea Review: Siyah Çay Black Tea (Bekir Ağa)

Siyah Çay (Black Tea)
Bekir Ağa
Type: Black
Origin: Turkey
Product Description: Not provided.

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

The dry leaves have an aroma of seasoned wood and dried plums.

The copper-red infusion has an aroma of green tomato vine and light hints of sugar, fruit, and smoke.  The taste starts out moderately astringent, then becomes smooth with notes of caramelized vegetables and pecans with a long apricot finish.

This was intended for a more concentrated Turkish tea preparation with instructions on the packaging in English and German to add the leaves to 1/2 liter of boiling hot water, steep for 10 minutes, filter and pour to the halfway point in a tea glass, fill the rest of the glass with boiling hot water, and add sugar to taste.

Without following the traditional brewing instructions, I still found this tea to be pleasantly drinkable with a smooth finish and no need to add milk or sugar.  I'm also looking forward to enjoying it in the traditional method where the flavor will really come forward.




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