REVIEW: Dallmayr – Ostfriesen/East Frisian tea

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Tea: A blend of Assam teas
Purchased at: Dallmayr in Munich, Germany
Retail price: 3.80€ for 100 grams
Link to Ostfriesen on Dallmayr website

If you find yourself in Munich, a trip to Dallmayr is a must. Dallmayr is a delicatessen that has a wonderful selection of food, chocolate, coffee, spirits and tea, much like Fortnum & Mason in London.

Dry leaf:
– Well sorted dry leaf (not overly broken or full of dust) with golden tips scattered throughout
– Little aroma

Infused tea:
– Cups out a rich, dark liquor
– The liquor is more aromatic than the dry leaf, but it does not make a strong impression
– Like some other East Frisian teas that I’ve tried, it is medium- to full-bodied, malty, has a spicy finish and is smooth (probably the least astringent of the East Frisian teas I’ve had)

Conclusions/tips:
– Infuse 5 to 6 minutes and drink with milk. This might seem like an excessive infusion time, but it is really needed to draw the flavour out. If you’re keen to take East Frisian tea in the traditional way, you’ll need heavy cream and rock sugar
– While I do like this tea, and I think it is a solid everyday tea, it does have a complex flavour profile or great aroma – which is characteristic of most East Frisian teas because heavy cream and sugar are added. I would recommend picking up a box if you’re at Dallmayr, but I would highly recommend that you check out the numerous teas that they sell at their tea bar (unfortunately these teas are not on their website)

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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