Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Teatulia Black Tea Loose Leaf

Country of Origin: Bangladesh
Leaf Appearance: small, dark with golden tips
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Tea Maker
Liquor: reddish brown

I first wrote about this tea way back in 2011, in its pyramid tea bag form, so I thought that I should give it another go. For those of you who aren't familiar with +Teatulia Organic Tea, I'm a big fan because of the social good that they do through their garden in Northern Bangladesh. It's always a good feeling to know that your tea is supporting education, health and cattle-lending programs. Now, let's get back to the leaf. The brewed tea was full bodied with some astringency. Malty and fruity notes alternated around a sweet, somewhat woody base. There was an almost red wine-like quality that I really enjoyed. It was bold enough to take milk and sugar if you felt the need but it's really not necessary at all. My second infusion was bit milder but also pleasantly sweeter. Now that I'm revisiting these teas, I definitely feel that the quality has increased over the last few years. I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Linda, their CEO, and Chris, their director of marketing, at World Tea Expo earlier this year. They're were perfect examples of one my favorite sayings, tea people are the best kind of people!

Black Tea Loose Leaf sample provided by Teatulia.