Anniversary Breakfast Blend 2013
This year’s Anniversary Breakfast Blend gets its brilliance from Yin Jun Mei, a newcomer from the Wuyi Mountains this China black tea was developed in 2005. Yin Jun Mei translates literally as “Silver Beautiful Eyebrow” in acknowledgement of the delicate curved ‘eyebrow’ shape of the leaf. On its own it’s smooth honey, woody and bright, with a fresh dry cocoa note.
Dig into this tea and you’ll soon find some long, thin, thoroughly black leaf. This is classic Ceylon whole leaf from southern Sri Lanka is one of the top ten among the more than 1,000 tea gardens on the island. Bright, tangy, and citrusy.
Dig a little deeper and you’ll experience a solid malty Assam flavor, indispensable in breakfast teas. Last but not least there’s a dash of sweet and floral high-grown from a “secret garden” that . . . will remain secret.
In any case, the blend should be more than the sum of its parts. The 2013 release is full bodied, pungent but sweet, malty and chocolaty, bright and complex.