I’m flying blind a bit with this today – usually I can look up the ingredients of a tea and think about what they’re “supposed” to taste of and see if I can taste that! But this is an unpublished mixture …
Source: Stokes of Lincoln. Alison bought some for me as a gift – thanks! 🙂
Cost: On their website it says £3.10 for 250g.
Ethics: no information.
Brewing Instructions: I decided that it looked similar to loose leaf tea I’ve had from Char, so copied their suggested method: almost boiling water, brew for about 3 minutes. This worked pretty well – possibly closer to 2 mins would be better. 1 largeish teaspoonful per mug.
Appearance: robust, bright tea.
Nose: Tannins … lots of tannins. Not a bad thing 🙂
Taste: This is a pretty strong tea – robust flavour. It’s clearly a blend of teas, from looking at the leaves – look:
I may not be able to tell you quite what’s in there, but there are clearly various elements. I think I can pick out at least 3 distinct appearances of leaves.
My thoughts on drinking this were that it tastes like a tea that “wouldn’t let you down” – I’m not quite sure what that means … but that’s what I thought. It’s got a brightness to it, as well as strength.
Food match: H and I made pikelets today (like scotch pancakes). Although I finished the tea before I started eating pikelets, I’m sure they would go brilliantly together – look at these: