This is a very smooth, very round cup of tea. There is a strong honey aroma and taste. A Southern Season carries this tea on their “Daily Teas” list, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t special! This tea is also the March 2010 monthly special along with Lung Ching Dragonwell, so they are both a great bargain right now.
My bestie stopped by to have lunch with me today after shopping for all those goodies you need in order to send a child to college. Her son is leaving for the first time, having done his first two years here locally while living at home.
I made Philly Cheese Steaks with sautéed onions, mayo, lettuce, mozzarella, the usual stuff. It was gray and rainy so I wanted a stout-ish tea that would taste good with our food but would also appeal to everyone, since hubby was also eating and he is picky.
This is one of his favorites, and I must say that I like it very much as well. It needs no additions for me, though hubby adds milk and sugar, but that is true of pretty much all black tea for him. It is fruity and malty with no trace of dryness or astringency at all. It goes well with pretty much any food, whether meal or snack. Though it has a nice, bright flavor, it does not have the strong lemony flavor that some Ceylons have that can turn your tongue a bit. This and its decaf companion from the same store are shelf staples here.
It is 70 degrees, though blustery, and we could not pass up this opportunity to have a picnic lunch on the grass in the sunshine. Lunch was followed by tea, cookies, and Valentine chocolates outside and reading aloud from Mrs. Dunwoody’s Excellent Instructions for Homekeeping. (I had to explain many things to my daughters. Did anyone else ever have to pour hot water and ammonia on a floor and then scrape up wax buildup for their mother? Thank goodness that is one chore I never anticipate having to do again! )
As for the tea, it was a most excellent companion to our reading. This is a black tea that goes well with anything and is liked by everyone. It has no astringency like the higher grown Ceylons may have. It is from the daily tea selections at Southern Season, but has good body and very large leaves. It can be served plain, or taken with sugar and milk equally well.
This is indeed Extra Fancy! The leaves are large and have a nice pure tea aroma. This is my “go to” tea when I need a big pot of tea for lots of people of differing tastes to drink with a meal. It has good body, good tea flavor, and you can spice it up as you wish with milk, sugar, cinnamon, some vanilla – anything. Smooth, no bitterness at all. This went with chicken veggie soup at lunch today as we looked out on the yellow and orange leaves and the cloudy gray sky, which made for a very soothing, comforting lunch indeed! This is my hubby’s favorite tea when he drinks caffeinated.
Breakfast with hubby today – he’s off work! Yay! Made a liter pot ( with the Jungle Love cozy!) of this to go with cheese toast and toasted buttermilk bread with blackberry preserves. It was good, but had begun to get bitter at the end as it cooled. Added milk to counteract but still ended up with heartburn. Not a bad tea usually, though. Note to self: drink it faster!
A big pot to go with grilled cheese and chips for lunch! Youngest daughter cuddled her refilled cup after the meal and said, “I don’t know what I would do without tea.” Must have been good!
A very good Ceylon! The leaves are HUGE and I do mean huge. There is a nice honey aroma and full flavor to this extremely smooth tea. This was actually made by accident today and became a fourth tea for the tea party when my youngest grabbed the wrong container. That was fine – we drank all the tea we made and then had to make an extra pot of Keemun Hao Ya A because we sat and talked for so long!
Needed a tea to go with a quick lunch and it had to be one that hubby would drink. Ceylon Extra Fancy to the rescue! The leaves are quite large and it is a smooth, very drinkable tea. You won’t stay up at night thinking about it, but it is very servicable and better than reaching for the grocery store stuff. Takes additions nicely, even if you feel like adding cinnamon, cloves, or other flavorings to fancy it up some more.
This is a good all-purpose tea to go with food. It tastes fine plain but I think I like it best with a little sugar. Hubby takes it like all his tea – LOTS of sugar nad a dollop of milk!