I was afraid to try this tea again. It’s a CTC blend that I used to drink every day, and it was my fancy version of Lipton. It was fantastic brewed strong with milk and sugar at breakfast.
But then I started drinking these fancier teas, and I found that what I used to love was one dimensional or just plain bitter. So I held off reviewing this (my goal is to review everything in my cupboard at least once).
I was happy to find that I still had a taste for this. Sure, the depth is nothing at all like a Yunnan black. This tea is malty as hell, bitter, and extremely astringent. But it stands up well to milk and sugar, making it a great breakfast tea. It’s extremely tannic with notes of a wet pile of autumn leaves.
I’m glad that I haven’t yet lost this friend.
Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Bitter, Malt