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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Georgia Tea Company Loose Leaf Black Tea 'Toffee Black'

Tea Information:
Tea: Toffee Black
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Georgia Tea Company
Purchase: Click the image below

Description: A black tea with toffee flavoring. Great with sugar and cream. A popular desert tea.

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp (plastic lunch spoon)
Water: ~12 ounces hot spigot water
Tool: kati loose tea system (my Review here.)
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes (using Steep.It)
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet toffee
Steeped Tea Smell: black tea, toffee
Flavor: astringent, bitter, black tea
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: toffee, astringent, bitter
Liquor: dark orange-brown

I won these teas in a contest that was run by Dan on Steepster that was great fun, and got me tea prizes! Dan will be running the contest monthly, so keep an eye out!

I find the labels on the tea samples to be perfect, they include the company name, tea name, tea type, and steeping directions. I have been informed that the samples that you buy on the web site, or any teas purchased on the site, will come in food safe, plastic lined, kraft bags which keep light out and keep the tea fresh for about 4-5 months. Tea is best stored in tins which are not clear and air tight, since light activates the steeping process and moisture as well. The sample bags I received were about 2-3 cups each, where purchased samples are larger.

I am playing a game with the samples, see this post for details. This was a roll of "1" for morning (black) teas.

Post-Steep Additives: 1 packet of white sugar
sweeter, less bitter, more toffee in the sip and after

Resteep: 3 min, 12 ounces, 2 packets of sugar
sweet, medium bodied, black tea and toffee

I do think the cream would do well with this, too bad I don't have any.

Meh, I don't love it, I don't hate it

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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