Sunday, November 11, 2012

S.D. Bell's Natural Leaf Tea

Country of Origin: India and Sri Lanka
Leaf Appearance: small, dark and twisted with some golden tips
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teapot and mesh infuser
Liquor: deep brown

This was a very traditional English breakfast tea. My younger brother shared the pot with me since breakfast style teas are the only kind that he enjoys. It was full flavored with a bright, clean finish. Notes of earthy cocoa and a subtle maltiness rounded out the flavor profile. I actually felt it was astringent enough to be closer to an Irish breakfast tea. This blend was very strong, so much so that I made a rare exception and used milk and sugar. I would suggest using about half a teaspoon if you are only making one cup. I can definitely see myself making this on weekend mornings when I have the time to sit and really enjoy a cup. S.D. Bell's is based in Ireland and their importer, Best International Tea, is located in Elizabeth, NJ. I live right across the Newark Bay from there so it's great to help support a local company as well.

You can find out more about this tea here.

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