S.D. Bell’s Natural Leaf Tea

Country of Origin: India and Sri Lanka
Leaf Appearance: small, dark and twisted with some golden tips
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teapot and mesh infuser
Liquor: deep brown

This was a very traditional English breakfast tea. My younger brother shared the pot with me since breakfast style teas are the only kind that he enjoys. It was full flavored with a bright, clean finish. Notes of earthy cocoa and a subtle maltiness rounded out the flavor profile. I actually felt it was astringent enough to be closer to an Irish breakfast tea. This blend was very strong, so much so that I made a rare exception and used milk and sugar. I would suggest using about half a teaspoon if you are only making one cup. I can definitely see myself making this on weekend mornings when I have the time to sit and really enjoy a cup. S.D. Bell’s is based in Ireland and their importer, Best International Tea, is located in Elizabeth, NJ. I live right across the Newark Bay from there so it’s great to help support a local company as well.

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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.