Saturday, September 28, 2013
Takeya Classic Black Flash Chill Iced Tea
Leaf Appearance: small, dark
Ingredients: Assam black tea
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: Takeya Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker
Liquor: deep reddish brown
Classic black perfectly describes this iced tea. It was earthy and full bodied with mild fruity notes. The finish was sweet with just the right amount of astringency. For an Assam it was fairly mellow but it still had a nice boldness. The two quarts that I made disappeared pretty quickly so I wasn't able to gauge how well it keeps over time. I prepared this using my Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker using the hot brewing directions. The drastic temperature change from dumping ice in caused the tea to cloud up pretty quickly. This doesn't affect the taste of the tea so it doesn't bother me in the least. I'm not usually one to sweeten my iced tea but I found myself wishing for just a touch of honey. I really enjoy that this tea comes in pre-measured packets. It removes the guess work and I don't have to go hunting for my tea measuring spoon. I've tried three of Takeya's flash chill iced tea blends and the Coconut Lime Rooibos has definitely been my favorite so far.
You can find out more about this tea here.