The Foreign Office Zürich

Country of Origin: not given
Leaf Appearance: small, greenish brown
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic mug
Liquor: reddish brown

The first thing that I noticed about this tea was how aromatic it was. There was a strong, somewhat fruity aroma unlike anything that I’ve ever gotten from an unflavored teabag before. The taste was peppery and smokey with an earthy fruitiness. There was also a floral sweetness in the finish of each sip. It vaguely reminded me of Keemun but it was hard to know for sure since the leaves were chopped rather small. This was brisk cup with plenty of astringency but not so much so as to make it unpleasant. For those of you like to add milk and sugar to your tea, this one would probably be up to the task. As far as teabags go, this selection was very good and I would definitely recommend this tea.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.