by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author to this e-zine)
This type of tea is one of my humans’ faves, but each vendor makes his/hers a bit differently, using a different blend of teas. This one was part of the samples we had received from Empire Tea Services recently as part of their holiday promotion efforts. We had quite a tea party with it, accompanied by the musical tones of some brass bells made in India.
Ingredients are listed on their package as Kenyan and Assam black teas, and the aroma was malty/raisin-ish. (Tea not showing on their store site.) Sadly, this version of Scottish Breakfast has no Keemun in it to give it a good kick. So the tea came off a bit too light tasting for adding milk and sweetener the way my humans like to. But it was mild enough to be enjoyed without those additives. It even tasted good after sitting awhile and cooling to room temperature. A very good thing for you iced tea lovers and those of you who don’t like milk in your tea.
I’m thinking my humans need to do a bit of an experiment here and blend in some Keemun they have with this tea to see how it goes. They are so used to have this style of black tea be stronger in flavor that this one just doesn’t quite measure up for them. Spoiled rotten…thanks to me. TOOOT!
© 2014 A.C. Cargill photos and text