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My mom found this tea to be not as complex as the other teas we have tried from Teabox. This is a simple tea. The flavor was good but not one that would hold up to adding milk. She found the milk to overpower this tea. She thought that the tea would be good on a cooler evening when you wanted something to keep your hands warm but would not be good as an iced tea.
The leaves had a slight orange smell when I first opened the pouch. It brewed lighter than the other teas we have tried so far, a middle amber color.
On my first under brew (because I am such a wimp when it comes to strong tasting tea), I found a citrus hint that dominated, although the ingredients only mention ripe tree fruits. Perhaps the tree fruit was a citrus on my blend, I am not sure? The taste was clean and simple, unlike the other blend we tried last month. There was no after taste. For all it’s simplicity, it was an enjoyable cup of tea.
The full brew added more of the malt flavor to the taste. Despite this darker taste, it still remained clean and simple. I still tasted no after taste. So far I have really enjoyed all of Teabox’s teas. They have proved me wrong that a black tea has to taste bitter and have strong after tastes. These teas have been amazing in their delicateness and complexities – traits I usually find in green teas. I think I am finally becoming a black teas fan.
The tea went perfectly with the Gluten Free Honey Butter 7 up Biscuits, I made for today. I learned the recipe from Lynnette’s Cakes and Catering from her live stream last Saturday. The recipe was very simple. Which is perfect for me since I am a terrible baker. I tend to do better with cooking rather than baking. But I surprised myself and actually produced a pretty good biscuit. This biscuit is best right from the oven , cooled enough to eat but hot enough for butter to easily melt all over the top and among the layers. I made homemade blueberry and strawberry jelly from leftover fruit I had. Instead of sugar I used coconut sugar, which is what my sister had in the pantry and I was amazed it worked very well. The jelly had the sweetness of the fruit without too much sweetness from too much white sugar. It was the perfect addition to my buttery biscuits.
Overall it was a beautiful time. I truly enjoyed setting everything up and taking a moment to quietly drink some tea. In these days I find, it is so important to take a moment to truly be present in the moment and a good cup of tea is the perfect companion for these moments.
Tea with Evening Shire - September 8
On Today's Tea with Evening Shire, we are tasting Teabox's Assam Exotic Summer Oolong tea. If you would like to try this tea or anything that we feature in this month's Tea, the links are available in the comments below.Posted by Evening Shire on Tuesday, September 8, 2020
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