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Monday, March 29, 2010

Harrisons and Crosfield Loose Leaf Black Tea 'English Breakfast'

Tea Information:
Tea: English Breakfast
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Harrisons & Crosfield
Purchase: Here
Description: English Breakfast English Breakfast tea is the epitome of a traditional British cup of tea. The tea is a brilliant blend of premium Assam and Ceylon black teas from the Highlands of East Africa and India with marigold and rose blossoms. It has a hearty and stimulating character producing deep, copper coloured liquor. Its rich flavour makes it particularly enjoyable at breakfast, but can be served at any time of day. It is a great accompaniment to beef or spicy foods such as Italian, Indian or Mexican. This tea brews deep coppery coloured liquor with a brisk hearty well-balanced flavour. Kosher certified for all year and Passover.
Ingredients: All natural, hand-plucked whole black tea leaves, marigold and rose blossoms.

Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp
Additives: none
Water: boiling tap water
Tool: New teapot, poured through strainer into cups
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes we kept messing up the timer
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: black tea
Steeped Tea Smell: black tea
Flavor: strong astringent black tea, bitter when oversteeped
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: bitter when oversteeped
Liquor: translucent dark brown

We got the chance to use this new and beautiful, but very hot, tea pot. Charu had just returned from India with some tea (not this one, another one) and some pretty wine glasses and tea service set. We rummaged through the cupboards at MilitaJim's parents place for tea and had some lovely english breakfast. We should have tried it with a splash of milk as well, oh well.

Post-Steep Additives: honey
It was much sweeter, and enjoyable, with some honey

Resteep: 4+ minutes, weak and watery but drinkable

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

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