As this tea features prominently in all to many English teas it is often not done well. This particular tea is nothing of the sort. It’s beautiful colour sits lightly in the porcelain cup reflecting the perfect hazlenut shades within. Although my first impressions were taken from a still understeeped cup the rest sits awaiting me in its the pot.

The first thing I noticed of this tea is that it is strangely smooth and silky, as if I’ve added milk, the tannins are soft and a little drying of the palate. All sensations are balenced and delicate but enjoyable to say the least.

This fills out to include citrus and sweet fruits in the second cup and as it cools it’s reminding me so very much of orange bitters as the fruit and bitter taste play off of one another. A citrus aroma fills the room and the headache I’ve had all day melts away.

A good choice and an even better tea.

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