This afternoon we (C, MIL and I) were sitting down looking through plans to potentially remodel the kitchen/bathroom. Hence this post is brought to you with a background of C’s elbows / iPad (being used to look up fittings) / random papers …
It was definitely an afternoon on which I Needed Tea. Which might mean that I’m not quite as objective as I ought to be … it’s hard to try to gauge one’s own objectivity!
Source: Tea from Assam/Ceylon, via Fortnum & Mason.
Cost: This tin was part of a gift set, and so is smaller than you can buy separately. This tea is available from £1.50 for a 50g tasting sample to £7.50 for 250g loose leaf. Also available in teabag form – see website for details.
Ethics: No information.
Brewing instructions: I used a teaspoon of tea leaves and just-boiling water for 3 minutes, and it turned out well – if you want it really strong, add more tea leaves / brew for slightly longer.
Nose: Can only really smell the Assam – warm, malty. Not particularly aromatic – mind you, I forgot to ‘look’ for aroma until after I’d added milk, which will have muffled it.
Taste: This is a great blend. It says “Sturdy Assam, Refreshing Ceylon” on the tin and that really is a good summary – the Assam gives it strength, but it’s not overpowering, and the Ceylon softens the aftertaste. I find that assam sometimes has a very slightly dry/acrid aftertaste, and this tea definitely didn’t – which made it very drinkable. The F&M website describes it as ‘smooth, almost honey-like’ and while I’m not quite sure on the honey-like, it’s definitely smooth. Brewed as I made it, it tasted slightly stronger than ‘normal’ tea – you could definitely easily brew a much stronger cup if you wanted to.
Food match: I didn’t have any snacks with my tea this afternoon … but I should think just about anything cakey/biscuity/sandwichy would work.
So I’m getting to the end of my stash and yet I have a lot of tea so don’t want to buy lots more just yet – help, what should I do? Look at the history of tea or tea cultivation or something for a few weeks? Give away my current stash so I have room to buy some more stuff? Take a break from tea and concentrate on something else on Sundays? Suggestions please!