More of the teas from The English Tea Store that I have tried over the years and that became true favorites. Feel free to post your own favorites English Tea Store teas in a comment here.
The teas (I used to rate teas on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being best, and so included those ratings were appropriate):
- Mim Estate Tea – One of the better of the 87 or so tea gardens in West Bengal that merit the designation of being a Darjeeling garden (put in place to keep the teas from being blended with lower quality teas from other areas). Their tea infuses a liquid that has the unique “Muscatel” (as in Muscat grape) character. This is a 2nd flush tea harvested in June/July. The production is limited, so the price tends to be higher. – no rating [Article]
- Monks Blend Black Tea – The sweetness of pomegranate and the exotic scent of vanilla combine with a wonderful black tea to infuse a liquid that is light with the fruity notes of grenadine and caramel – unique, heavenly flavor. – 4.5 rating [Review]
- Nine Bend Black Dragon Tea – Superb full-bodied flavor with deep burgundy depth and delightful oaky notes. One of the finest examples of a Chinese black tea now on the market and considered to be one of the luckiest teas in all of Asia. The number 9 and the Black Dragon are both symbols of good luck in China. – 4.5 rating [Review]
- Pumpkin Spice Flavored Black Tea – A blend of black teas and South African Rooibos, Uses natural pumpkin flavoring and has spicy notes of cinnamon. Absolutely perfect served hot with milk and sugar. – 4.5 rating [Review]
- Scottish Breakfast Tea – The Scottish Breakfast Tea blend from English Tea Store has a malty full-bodied character with bright flavoury notes and hints of cask oakiness. A bracing Highlander’s cup of tea. – 5.0 rating [Review]
- Sencha Kyoto Cherry Rose Festival Green Tea – High quality green tea with sweet cherry and morning rose flavor. Light, fresh, and smooth with reasonable depth and body. The cherry flavoring and subtle rose hints give the tea a wonderfully exotic character. – 4.5 rating [Review]
- Snow Dragon White Tea – A delicate white tea from the Fujian province of eastern China. Jammy pungency in the curly, hand-molded, downy dry leaves comes alive during infusion with notes of spring water, light grassiness and touches of sweet peach. The leaves are processed according to an ancient method many years ago. Only the best leaf buds are used. – 5.0 rating [Review]
- Steamed Darjeeling Green Tea – Another 2nd flush Darjeeling tea from West Bengal, India. It’s grown at 3,000 to 4,600 feet elevation, and the harvested leaves are steamed in the manner of green tea processing. They infuse up a liquid with a “Muscatel” character. – no rating [Article]
- Tarajulie Estate Tea – Another tea estate in the Assam state of northern India. This is a 2nd flush tea that infuses a thick, full-bodied liquid with a malty flavor good straight or with milk and sweetener. Tarajulie is a beautiful estate that lies in the shadows of the Himalayan mountains on the Bramaputra River plain. – 4.5 rating [Review]
- Young Pu-erh Tea – Loose Leaf – From the Yunnan province of China. Growers and processors there received a geographic designation for their tea a few years ago. The tea leaves have to be grown and processed in that province plus meet certain stipulations for the tea plant cultivar, etc. There are many versions of this style of tea. The main division is between those that are naturally aged (sheng) and those that are force-aged (shu) which is this one. I find the earthy qualities quite appealing and even tried it with milk (infused 10 minutes). – 4.5 rating [Review Part II Review Part I]
Hope you enjoyed the slideshow and will get a chance to try each of these teas!
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