Black Tea

Morning Cup #47 - Pure Ceylon Black Tea

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This morning I grabbed a Pure Ceylon Black Tea from Dils Tea/Tea Packs USA from the box.

This Pure Ceylon brews like a malty assam. There's some hint of honey in the aroma and top notes of apricot maybe.

The body and flavor seem a bit mismatched. The maltiness doesn't mesh well with the grittiness of the brew's finish.

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Morning Cup #46 - Black Saffron

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This Black Saffron tea from Hampstead Tea made it into my cup this morning.

Saffron. This promised to be an intriguing one right from the start!

The aroma was light, a bit airy and metallic with a touch of honey in the undertones. The flavor was stronger, a good mix I think. The saffron's hay-ish grassy notes came through well, but not overpowering.

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Morning Cup #45 - Vanilla Black Tea

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A vanilla flavored Sri Lankan black tea steeped into my cup this morning from Mackwoods Tea.

Sometimes vanilla can be a bit strong. Not this case with this brew. I actually think it's a bit too light for my tastes. The aroma is nice and smooth with hints of honey mixed in. The flavor and body are firm, but the vanilla isn't strong enough to subdue to astringency inherent in the Sri Lankan black tea.

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Morning Cup #43 - Pure Ceylon English Breakfast Tea

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This morning I plucked a Pure Ceylon English Breakfast Tea from Dils Tea/Tea Packs USA from the pile.

I like to think sometimes that if you've had one breakfast tea, you've had them all. That's wrong, and I know it. But it sure seems like it sometimes.

This English Breakfast Tea is prototypical. Made from CTC style black tea which is malty and astringent, this tea could use a little milk and either honey or sugar. The aroma is light and airy as expected, but the body packs a punch throughout the finish.

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Morning Cup #39 - Pure Ceylon Earl Grey

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In my cup this morning is a Pure Ceylon Earl Grey from Dils Tea/Tea Packs USA.

Earl Grey is difficult to get wrong. The astringency of the black tea is usually fairly average and combines with overtones of oil of bergamot, and orange-like fruit.

This particular Earl Grey isn't as strong as most. I'm not sure whether to rate that as a positive or negative because I'm not sure I'm open minded on it at the moment.

The aroma is clean and crisp enough and provides the expected notes. The flavor is light, only slightly astringent and leaves a citrusy tinge on the tongue in the finish.

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