Origin: Chamraj Estate in Nilgiris, India
Price: $4.95 for 1oz; $13.95 for 4oz.
Vendor: The Simple Leaf
Brewing Method: 1 teaspoon of leaves (2.5 – 3.0 grams), 1 cup of filtered water, heated to 190°F-208°F, steeped for 4-5 minutes.
Overall Score: 4.4 out of 5
Black Frost is a black tea from India. The leaves are small rolled bits. However, I say “small” compared to the other teas from The Simple Leaf – the leaves are far from being just dust. The aroma of the dry leaves is very hearty and bold. I smell a lot of earthy tones, as well.
The aroma of the tea is smoky and woodsy. Not as smoky as an Assam tea, though. The color of the liquor is a deep orange.
This tea has such a smooth taste to it. There was no sharp kick (that I was expecting with a black tea) when it first hit my tongue. It was almost like it glided all the way down. The overall taste is earthy with a little smokiness. I didn’t find this brew bitter, but my mouth was left a little dry afterwards.
I would say this is a nice hearty, full bodied tea, but mellower than an Irish Breakfast type of tea – meaning that it is not too harsh. I am sure it would stand up nicely to milk or sugar.
Sunday, January 25, 2009