286 Tasting Notes
Filthy weather outside – fiercely windy, cold and pouring rain. Couldn’t make it to work today due to traffic. But it is perfect tea weather!
Brewed a cup of fountain blend. More piquant and much less astringent this time. Perhaps I overbrewed it last time? Will give it another try later and decide.
This tea brews bright red, with a smooth, almost creamy feel to it and no astringency. It’s a wonderful example of a Ceylon – a cheerful breakfast tea that can be brewed strong ad taken with milk and yet I also enjoy it in the afternoon and evening, brewed lighter. A comforting, reliable tea that your guests are guaranteed to enjoy, no matter who they are. It even brews to a good iced tea. Keep a caddy of it in your cupboard (or at least a box of tea bags) “just in case”. It is a safe bet, and money well spent – the tea that will get you out of a pinch :)
This tea is a Ceylon blend, which perhaps explains why it’s precise taste notes elude me still. Oh well, just another good excuse to brew a cuppa ;)
This tea brews to a reddish gold colour that has a pronounced yet not unpleasant astringency to it. It is has the muscatel flavours that F&M advertise, but if you like your tea with milk or don’t enjoy teas with a kick then perhaps you would do better buying one of F&M’s other brews. As a Darjeeling this tea is good, it just isn’t very memorable.