Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Lipton Yellow Label Black Tea

Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
Leaf Appearance: small, dark
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: bright reddish brown

I bet that Lipton is the last tea that many of you ever thought you would see here. I thought so too until recently when I had the opportunity to try their Yellow Label loose tea. A friend generously offered to pick me up some from Chinatown. This particular tin was designed for the Hong Kong market. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Yellow Label is the tea that Lipton sells to the rest of the world but it's not even mentioned on their US website. It is sourced entirely from Sri Lanka, whereas the tea that we are used to usually does not state what country the tea was grown in. Other coming in a neato tin, the appearance was fairly standard for a CTC style tea. The taste was earthy and sweet with just a touch of astringency. Overall it was a fairly mellow cup but still bold enough to stand up to milk and sugar. It had none of the mouth puckering astringency that I had come to expect from the American tea bag. As far as CTC teas go, I thought that it was actually quite good. While I may not seek this tea out on a regular basis, it's good to know that there is something in their line that I find tolerable. Perhaps it could even be a middle ground with my teabag steeping family?

You can find out more about this tea here.