Friday, October 18, 2013

Capital Teas Capital Breakfast Organic

Country of Origin: Sri Lanka, India, Kenya and China
Leaf Appearance: small, dark with varied leaf shapes
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: deep reddish brown

I picked this tea up on my recent visit to +Capital Teas at their National Harbor location. The blend of several different black teas intrigued me and the dry leaves were interesting because there was a variety of leaf types visible. It's a bit of a kitchen sink tea with elements of Keemun, Assam and several other regions. The taste was robust and earthy with a refreshing briskness that never crossed the line into unpleasantly bitter. A slightly fruity sweetness and tannic finish created a wine-like affect. I will definitely be relying on this tea to keep me warm on my commute as the cold weather approaches. It certainly had enough body to allow milk and sugar but they really aren't necessary. This would make an excellent iced tea as well. I tend to not eat anything when I'm enjoying tea but each sip had me craving scones with jam and clotted cream. Sounds like another tea infused baking project is coming in the future...

You can find out more about this tea here.