Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Classic Black Iced Tea Review

Type: Black
Origin: India, Sri Lanka
Price: Sample (Regular price - $12.95 for 10 bags w/ tin. Each bag makes 1 gallon.)
Vendor: Mighty Leaf
Brewing Method: Per instructed - 1 bag, 1/2 gallon of filtered water, heated to 200°F-205°F, steeped for 5 minutes, added ice until liquid reached top of 1- gallon pitcher, chilled in refrigerator
Overall Score: 4.8 out of 5

Classic black is just that – black tea. In fact, black tea is the only ingredient in this tea. There is no “natural flavors” (which who knows what that could mean). What you see is what you get. I was very excited to try this tea because I love tea that is not fooled around with. Give me the classics any day!

Right when I opened the package I could smell the heavenly black tea. That aroma was brought to life when I added boiling water. The liquor was a deep orange, tan color.

The taste was great! It was very bold, crisp, and refreshing. I did not detect any bitterness nor was this brew astringent. For my taste, I think this tea was just right – not too strong or too weak. I like my tea unsweetened, however, I’m sure this tea would stand up quite well to sugar, honey, citrus, or any other sweetener.

I think this tea would be a hit at summer outdoor parties or cookouts. It is so refreshing! Because you get a bold flavor that is not too strong or astringent, it will complement the flavors of your fantastic outdoor cooking. :)

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