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This tea was quite good. It rates highly in comparison to other oolongs I have had in this class. There were some subtle chocolate notes and a strong oolong taste that I am not sure I can describe. There was a little bit of bitterness. While I didn’t get tea drunk it was very relaxing. I purchased it locally from the biggest tea store on Long Island (at least in the number of teas biggest), Clipper Ship Tea Company. I am not sure I would buy it again simply because I thought it somewhat overpriced at $12 for 46g of tea. They sell the tea by the number of “cups”, not by weight. It is this one quirk of an otherwise great store with lots of great tea and teaware. They have not website but you can buy their teas over the phone if you want.
I brewed this tea five times in a large gaiwan, about 180ml. I used 7g of leaf. I used 190 degree water. I gave the tea a 10 sec rinse. I then brewed it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 15 sec and 30 sec. There were distinct chocolate notes and that was the main note I identified when I switched from suger to fresh raspberries and honey for steepings three and four. I went back to sugar for the last steeping.
I like this tea a lot but am annoyed that I only realized after I got it home and weighed it that it was only 46g. Had I known the price when I bought it I would probably not have batted an eye.
This is a tea I always end up brewing western style. The puerh in it is probably just a little above average, good but not fantastic. The chocolate in it is great. It could be described as chocolaty goodness with puerh. It is a tea I brew for nights when I don’t have the time to gongfu a tea and just want to steep one pot.
I brewed 12g of leaf in an 18 oz teapot with boiling water for thirty seconds. It came out chocolaty, chocolaty, chocolaty.
This is a very tasty tea from my local tea shop, Clipper Ship Tea Company. I have decided to review it here in case anyone is local on Long Island or even an NYC resident who might choose to take a trip. They do not have a website, they do take phone orders.
Back to this tea. This is a pearl tea, large pearl shaped nuggets of Yunnan black tea. It is very malty and slightly astringent. A hint of natural sweetness pokes through too. There is some bitterness as well. This tea defines complex. It has malt flavors, it has astringent flavors, it has sweet flavors, it has bitter flavors. It is excellent with sugar, how I am drinking it now, and takes honey well from what I remember. You could add milk to this one but I never add milk to tea.
Flavors: Astringent, Malt
Originally published at The Nice Drinks In Life: http://thenicedrinksinlife.blogspot.com/2013/02/scottish-breakfast-tea.html
Name: Scottish Breakfast Tea
Type: Black Tea
Ingredients: Assam; Ceylon; Kenya
Purveyor: Clipper Ship Tea Company
Preparation: One teaspoon steeped in about eight ounces of boiling water for 3:00 (as recommended), sipped plain
Those who have never visited the village of Northport, NY, really ought to go explore there. The quaint diversions, placid atmosphere, and coastal scenery are just what the doctor ordered on those weekends when a getaway is vital to one’s mental health. And, for those who live on Long Island or in the boroughs, traveling there and back is quick and easy – Long Islanders should have no trouble making a fulfilling one-day sojourn.
While browsing the shops and boutiques around Main Street, be sure to stop by the Clipper Ship Tea Co. It boasts both an extensive selection and a friendly staff that likes nothing better than to talk tea and educate its customers.
Clipper Ship’s black tea blends include, generally, some combination of Darjeeling, Keemun, Kenya, Ceylon, and Assam teas. In the case of the Scottish Breakfast blend the latter three are used, all with similar-looking leaves, like little twigs, or tightly wrung bits of cloth. Most are dark brown, like dark chocolate, but there are some tan ones here and there. The dry leaves have a strong nose of vanilla – very strong, almost astringent even. There are also notes of toffee and a vague hint of citrus.
When the tea brews, it looks like someone took toffee and caramel and mixed them together into a rich, textured liquid. The aroma is of sweet tannins, with a little briskness and a modicum of citrus. It is a rich aroma, but not overwhelming, or even pungent – just a different kind of rich. Maybe “solid” is a good word. The flavor is a perky kind of brisk, and lush with a lemon zest, inhabiting a medium-full body. The tea is not acidic, but the tannins are quite present, and make it taste like tea really ought to taste – the same notes that, in coffee, wine, and other beverages make us think of tea, are front and center here. Meanwhile, the citrus tones keep it light and spright, and the sweetness pulls it all together.
The Scottish Breakfast tea is excellent as a morning pick-me-up, quite as the name implies. Also though, for those who do not mind caffeine in the late afternoon, this would work great as a tea-time tea. The notes are ideal as a carry-over between lunch and dinner, just what the palate requires.