This is my favourite tea which I drink sparingly as I don’t have easy access to it. Exactly as it is advertised: rich, bright and malty. I also purchase the loose leaf version. For someone who likes their tea with milk, I find this tea to really satisfy.
4 Tasting Notes
I normally don’t like very strong early gray style teas. I actually like this one. On first sniff of the leaves I smell an overpowering sweet strawberry smell. David’s Tea recommends 1.5 tsp per cup and 4-6 mins to steep. When I used the recommended amount of tea and steeped for 3.5 mins, I found the brew too bitter. I infused a second time and the tea was perfect for me, with a nice but not overpowering sweetness. So for me, I would need to either put less tea per cup or brew for 3 mins only for the perfect cuppa.
This is a strong tea, similar to Yorkshire Red Label tea. It is loose leaf in the “cut, tear, curl” style, so that it looks like tiny balls. You only need to steep for a very short period of time. It holds up excellently with milk. I like this one in the morning or whenever I need a pick-me-up. An excellent standard tea that I think everyone should have handy in their pantry.
When I first bought this tea it was earthy and strong, like a china black, but this second time I’ve purchased it, it is closer to a fruity light black tea, like darjeeling. I’m starting to wonder why the variability…