Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Foreign Office Vienna Tea

Country of Origin: not given
Leaf Appearance: small, greenish brown
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method:
Liquor: bright reddish brown

Although this tea was packaged in a round paper tea bag, it was obvious as soon as I added the water that the leaf pieces were a good deal larger than I would have expected. This tea was smooth and a malty with a lingering but mild spiciness. There was very little astringency. I couldn't quite peg what type of tea it was, perhaps an Assam? Being a compulsive tea nerd, I wish that I knew what kind of black tea this was and from what region. I received a few samples from this new brand at World Tea East. Each of their blends is designed to represent a different international destination. It's a cute, boutiquey concept and overall I think it is well executed. I could definitely see keeping a tin at my not so international office.