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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Tao of Tea Loose Leaf Black Tea 'Rainforest Strong Black'

Tea Information:
Tea: Rainforest Strong Black
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: The Tao of Tea
Purchase: Here
Origin: Coonoor, Blue Mountains, India
Introduction: The Blue Mountains of Southern India are home to tea gardens ranging between 2000 to 6500 feet in elevation.
Flavor Profile: Uplifting brew with earthy aroma and hints of black cherries and warm cane sugar.
Ingredients: Rainforest Alliance Certified Black Tea Leaves.

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 heaping tsp
Water: 500ml 180°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: vegetal yet malty or maybe toasty
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, chocolate
Flavor: malty, thick mouthfeel
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: sweet
Liquor: opaque light orange brown

A naturally sweet, mild (despite the name strong) black tea. It reminds me of an oolong with the hints of vegetal green-ness that sneak into the end of each sip.

Resteep:
Water: 500ml 180°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 4 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, chocolate
Flavor: Thin, malty
Body: Light
Aftertaste: astringent
Liquor: opaque light orange brown

I don't recommend re-steeping.

Rating: 3/4 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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