Welcome back to my cup, sweet Bohea. We’ve been too long apart. I’d forgotten your raisin sweetness, your handsome golden tipped leaves and your pretty copper liquor. Let’s just sit here for a while and get re-acquainted.
Looking to expand my black-tea repertoire, I ordered this tea based on Carolyn’s tasting notes. Sure enough, it’s sweet and smooth, a nice change from more stimulating teas like my usual Assams. It also takes a bit of milk well, although it’s so mellow that it doesn’t need it. The only negative is that it has a hint of a dank, wet-leaves note that reminds me of the way my tea used to smell by lunchtime after sitting in my thermos all morning (ah, memories of second grade and my lunchbox with the pink French poodle on it!). But once I get past that and begin sipping, it’s pure pleasure. This was my first experience with a Bohea and has motivated me to explore these teas further — I just ordered Upton’s Bohea Supreme with high hopes!