Several posts ago was some basic information about Columbia Black Tea.
The dry leaves….
Were fully intact- long and slender and slightly wirey. Their aroma was amazingly aromatic – multilayered and complex. The first whiff started off with a typical malty black tea profile, but then blossomed into something chocolatier as I inhaled deeper. Behind all of that were notes of a tart sweetness like cherries. YUM!
I used my Simple Brew Risihi tea pot, with 2 grams of tea and 8 ounces of water. The water temperature was 212 degrees Fahrenheit and I let the tea steep for three minutes.
In my cup…
Before even tasting the tea, I was met with a strong malty aroma emanating from the cup. I’m not a fan of malty black teas, so I was somewhat disappointed to be initially greeted with that smell. But I decided to reserve judgement. Just as I thought, with the first sip the malty notes were the most prevalent, but with a definite stone fruit aftertaste- sweet cherries. At the end of each sip was this luscious creamy mouthfeel, which I did not expect, especially with a malty tea. Interestingly, as the tea cooled, vibrant cherry notes came to the forefront and the creamy mouthfeel was now noticeable in the aftertaste. I let the tea cool completely, after which the cherry essence truly came out and lingered pleasantly for quite a while after the sip.
Overall, this tea was very good and interesting, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of black tea, especially malty Assam’s or Keenums. The large, black wiry, slightly tippy leaves with their malty aroma, brewed to an amber cup with a smooth taste and delicate fruity notes, with just enough astringency to make it full-bodied, but at the same time pleasantly smooth. This is a 5 for me.
All teas will be rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 for dislike and 5 as love:
- Dislike (I didn’t like the tea and would not repurchase)
- Passable (I didn’t dislike the tea, but I didn’t think it was very good)
- Average (I didn’t find it good or bad and would drink it again)
- Good (I liked it but it and may repurchase)
- Love (I enjoyed it lot and would repurchase)