Le Palais des Thés Big Ben G.F.O.P. (Gourmet Tea Bag)

Country of Origin: China and India
Leaf Appearance: small and dark
Ingredients: Yunnan and Assam black tea
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 205 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup
Liquor: reddish brown

This tea is billed as an English breakfast but it wasn’t quite as forceful of a tea as you might expect. It was mellow and somewhat sweet with a subtle spiciness. It had a slight astringency but only so much so as to make the finish clean and refreshing. It was invigorating but being made of a higher leaf grade (Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe), it lacked the bitterness that you would find with a typical breakfast style tea. I rather prefer my teas that way because I’m very sensitive to tannins. This was a lovely tea and I enjoyed it very much all on its own. I wouldn’t recommend adding milk or sugar but I suppose you could if you really wanted to. Don’t limit yourself to only enjoying this in the morning. I steeped this after a long day at work and it was a welcome pick me up. I recently read an article on plastic tea bags that made me appreciate these woven muslin tea bags even more. They are beautiful to look at and I feel safer putting it in my cup.

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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.