Origin: Abali Estate in Arunachal Pradesh, 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
The aroma of the brew is malty with a slight hint of smokiness in the background. The smell of this tea is rather mellow for a black tea – I really have to put my nose to the cup to find it. The liquor is a nice copper color.
The taste is very smooth. The brew has a pleasant chocolaty or malty taste to it. It is not too bold, for being a black tea. However, the flavor does have a nice kick to it, which lingers for a while, and I’m sure it will stand up well to milk or sugar. Bitterness doesn’t seem to be a problem; though, astringency is.
All in all, this is a hearty tea with a gentler side – by that I mean it is a nice pick me up, but it isn’t too bold. Also, I found the chocolaty taste was definitely a plus.