Tea: Blend of Assam, Darjeeling and Ceylon teas
Purchased at: Amazon.de
Retail price: 9.99€ for 500 grams
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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!
– 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
– 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.