Name: Yorkshire Harrogate
Brand: English Tea Store
Type: Black tea, blend
Form: Loose leaf
Review: Yorkshire Harrogate leaf is most peculiar: A blend of dark brown CTC (machine processed) tea with a few tips and leaves strewn in. I’m not quite sure what the tea-blender was going for when putting this tea together, but whatever it is, I like it. It’s nose is slightly woody with a hint of chocolate.
Once brewed up to the color of an old penny, the medium-bodied tea has the strength that I would expect from a CTC tea, along with a slightly bitter, but not unpleasant, backnote. It was not, however, as strong nor as astringent as many CTC teas that I have tried. Instead, the tea even has a slightly sweet, malty quality and I picked up most of the astringency at the finish. I’ve enjoyed several cups with breakfast as well as on its own, and if you are a fan of British-style blends, you’ll probably love this tea.
Incidentally, it makes a great classic iced tea. The chill tones down the bitterness and makes it wonderfully refreshing on its own or with food. I tried the iced version with a meal of Mongolian beef and broccoli with garlic sauce and it was absolutely fantastic. Plus, at $4.09 for four ounces, this is an incredibly economical choice for iced tea lovers.
Preparation Tips: This is a sturdy tea, easy to prepare. I’d recommend a teaspoon of leaf to eight ounces of boiling water. Let it steep for 3-4 minutes. This tea is strong: Don’t overdo the steep or the leaf amount!
Serving Tips: Stands up to milk and sugar like a champ, but I particularly liked it with no additives and paired with scrambled eggs and chorizo. This makes a very good, basic, but highly refreshing iced tea: Try it with a bit of lemon.
© Online Stores, Inc., and The English Tea Store Blog, 2009-2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this article’s author and/or the blog’s owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Online Stores, Inc., and The English Tea Store Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.