Poabs Estate Organic Black Tea

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Black Tea
Black Tea Leaves
Apricot, Cream, Herbs, Leather, Malt, Molasses, Orange, Sweet Potatoes, Toast
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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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In South western India is found the state of Kerala which is comprised of 14 districts. One district, Palakkad, is home to the Poabs Estate in Chittur Taluk in the Nelliyampathy Hills. Palakkad is mainly an agricultural district and historically the main crop there was rice. In recent years, though, farmers have found it necessary to diversify their crops, so that now one can find plantations of tea, coffee, cardamom, orange, pepper and vanilla in the Nelliyampathy range. The Poabs Estate, like other places in the area, is a plantation that has varied crops. With an elevation of 3,500 feet, this organic plantation enjoys excellent climatic conditions for growing their tea and other crops.

Poabs tea pairs well with mushroom dishes, vegetable dishes, curries, and chocolate.

This organic and bio-dynamic tea is totally different in body and taste than any others that you might have tried from southern India. The long black, wiry leaves brew to an amber cup with a smooth, sweet taste. A wonderful afternoon cup!

Brew tea at 212º – steep for 3 minutes.

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Coming from Chittur Taluk in the Palakkad district of the Indian state of Kerala, this organic black tea is listed by the merchant as being one of the most unique teas in the region. I like that this is an organic tea that is very food friendly, but I do not think it really holds up to some of the other black teas coming out of South India. Still, it is worth trying.

I brewed this tea using a simple one step Western infusion. I steeped 1 teaspoon of loose tea leaves in 8 ounces of 212 F water for 3 minutes. As readers of my reviews well know, I do not normally perform additional infusions on black teas unless specifically recommended by the vendor.

This tea brews up a clear, rich amber. I picked up soft, mild aromas of toast, cream, malt, herbs, straw, molasses, leather, brown sugar, candied orange peel, and sweet potato on the nose. In the mouth, I detected mild, integrated notes of candied orange peel, toast, cream, malt, straw, herbs, molasses, brown sugar, leather, sweet potato, and apricot. The finish was brisk and somewhat fruity with sweet potato, brown sugar, and molasses notes providing balance.

This really isn’t a bad little tea. In my time working with it, I can say that I found it to be very versatile. It has just enough flavor to stand up on its own, but it also makes a rock solid breakfast tea, taking milk, cream, and other additives well. As mentioned earlier, it pairs well with food, complimenting a range of savory dishes capably. I feel that I can safely recommend this tea to fans of South Indian teas who are looking for something a little different and/or looking for something to serve with food, though I doubt I will purchase it again. It doesn’t really have the depth of flavor that I look for in black teas and it also lacks the floral character I enjoy in other South Indian teas. Still, it’s not bad.

Flavors: Apricot, Cream, Herbs, Leather, Malt, Molasses, Orange, Sweet Potatoes, Toast

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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