Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Pekoe Sip House Sessa Estate Black Tea

Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: small, dark with golden tips
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: reddish brown

This tea was a fairly run of the mill Assam. There were quite a lot of golden tips, which is purely cosmetic but still something that I like to see. The taste was earthy and sweet with dominant malty notes. There was some astringency but overall the mouth feel was very smooth. That natural sweetness tells me that this tea would work well as an iced tea, possibly even for cold brewing. I bumped the second infusion up to 5 minutes and the flavor stayed fairly constant. It's priced a bit higher than what I would call a daily drinker but it certainly isn't the most expensive Assam I've ever had. Keep in mind that +Pekoe Sip House is a certified B-Corp so you'll be supporting the work that they do through your purchase. You can read more about that in my review of their Grand Yunnan. This tea is bit on the mild side so use sweetener if you must but I wouldn't recommend adding milk. That more than likely drown out most of the flavor.

Sessa Estate Black Tea sample provided by Pekoe Sip House.