REVIEW: Thiele Tee – Broken Silber (East Frisian tea)

Thiele Tee - Broken Silber

Tea: Blend of Assam, Darjeeling and Ceylon teas
Purchased at: Amazon.de
Retail price: 9.99€ for 500 grams
Link to Thiele Tee on Amazon

Quiz time: What people in the world consume the most tea? You’re probably thinking in a country that produces tea (such as China), or in a country with a long tea tradition (such as England or Ireland). Nope. In fact, people in East Frisia (a region in northwest Germany) have an annual per capita tea consumption of 300 litres, which is ten litres more than its closest competitor, the Kuwaitis (see this New York Times article for more info). East Frisia also has a distinct way of taking tea that involves putting rock candy sugar and heavy cream in a small cup, but DO NOT give it a stir and break local tradition!

Dry leaf:
– The dry leaf is a mishmash of what appears to be CTC and broken tea leaves
– There are a few golden tips
– The dry leaf does have much aroma

Brewed tea:
– The liquor is much brighter than I expected from CTC and broken tea leaves
– It is not an aromatic tea
– The brewed tea offers a strong, malty cup that is best drunk with milk

My tips and conclusions:
– I would suggest brewing this tea for at least five minutes. Initially I tried brewing it 3.5 to 4 minutes, which yielded a cup lacking in taste
– For me, this tea offers a good, everyday cuppa. I’ve tried many wonderful East Frisian teas in Germany, which I could not get enough of, but I think this tea lacks the taste and aroma to make it a truly special tea.

My score:
3.5/5

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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