Monday, September 22, 2008

NYC Breakfast

Tea: NYC Breakfast
Vendor: Tavalon
Price: $5.50 / 1.4 oz.
Vendor Description: A hearty blend of the world's best black teas from India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia created for the New Yorker palate.

Leaf: This is a very traditional looking black tea. The color is very uniform, with a very light smattering of gold/brown stripes among the leaves. It has an aroma much like a yunnan gold, which is a very deep musky aroma.

1st Infusion: The tea has a very rich brown color to it and a very deep and rich aroma. The flavor of ceylon teas yunnan gold spring to mind. It feels very smooth and light bodied for a black tea. The flavor is primarily focused in the early and mid sections of the flavor. There is a very light aftertaste and a barely noticeable bitterness. It is very smooth and relaxing with a very light sense of astringency which leaves a nice clean feeling.

2nd Infusion: This infusion had a much lighter and more floral aroma than the first. The color was a dark carmel color with a lighter nutterier flavor. There was a light sense of astringency that paired with a more traditional black flavor. This infusion felt much more full bodied than the first.

Rating: 7/10

Conclusion: This is a very interesting black tea blend. It is a bit varied in flavor, but well balanced and enjoyable. It is a bit expensive for a blend though, for the price there are lots quite enjoyable single source teas within this price range.

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