Village Tea Company English Breakfast

Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
Leaf Appearance: very dark, short leaf pieces
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 4 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker
Liquor: deep reddish brown

The first thing that struck me about this tea was the 100% recycled packaging. Inside of the cardboard tube were two cotton muslin bags filled with tea and ten paper filters. How perfect it would be to use this for my tea stash at work? I’ve definitely got to brainstorm ideas on how to reuse the tube and bags. This tea was exactly how I like my English Breakfast. It was mildly smoky with notes of earthy chestnut and a subtle sweetness. A touch of astringency added briskness without making it bitter. I only did one steeping with this tea but one or two more decent cups could have easily been had.

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