Friday, April 19, 2013

The Persimmon Tree Vintage Black Tea

Country of Origin: India and China
Leaf Appearance: small and dark with some golden tips
Ingredients: Nilgiri black tea, Yunnan golden buds
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: deep reddish brown

This was a bright, brisk and well balanced black tea that would be perfect for breakfast. It went perfectly with my meal of bacon and sunny side up eggs. The fruity aromas of Nilgiri worked incredibly well with the spicy and malty notes of the Yunnan golden buds. I don't believe I've ever had those two teas together but they made a great pair. There was no bitterness but it had plenty of refreshing astringency. The lower recommended steeping temperature definitely helped with that. My second infusion wasn't quite as bold as the first but it was still very enjoyable. This wasn't harsh at all but it was still the kind of tea that really gets your day moving. In case you missed it, Ricardo over at My Japanese Green Tea did a great interview with The Persimmon Tree on his podcast.

You can find out more about this tea here.

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