Saturday, November 3, 2012
The Devotea Finbarr's Revenge
Leaf Appearance: small, dark and somewhat twisted
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: mesh strainer and ceramic teacup
Liquor: deep reddish brown
Argh, this tea's name makes me want to talk like a pirate. It wasn't quite the kick in the face that I had been expecting but that's a good thing in my book. It was brisk and crisp but surprisingly smooth. The Devotea doesn't reveal exactly what teas are in this blend beyond giving point of origin. However, I can definitely pick up Assam-like malty notes. These were tempered by a subtle floral sweetness. Although described as an Irish breakfast, it was not overly astringent. I enjoyed this blend a lot without adding anything but it could certainly stand up to milk and sugar if you wanted to do that. It was evening when I drank this tea but The Devotea's suggestion of pairing it with eggs and bacon immediately made me crave breakfast. Although almost all The Devotea's offerings are black tea blends, they each have a character of their own and that is not an easy feat to accomplish.
You can find out more about this tea here.