Saturday Morning Tea

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This morning’s cuppa is a single estate Assam tea from the Rembeng estate. The Assam tea growing district is located in northeastern India. Now that we are past our little September heat wave and the leaves are starting to turn color, this full-bodied black tea is perfect for a bright, cool early fall morning. The tea liquor is a dark reddish brown and the flavor is hearty with a bright astringency. I like to smooth out that astringency with a dash of milk. The leaf is of the CTC variety. CTC means crush, tear, curl and refers to a mechanized processing of the leaf that results in a consistent, granular structure. It brews up fairly quick, 2-3 minutes in boiling water, so it’s also a good choice for those mornings when you don’t have a lot of time. It’s also strong enough for the addition of sweetener, if that’s your taste.

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The leaf reminds me of dark grapenuts. Mmmmm, time for another cup!

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3 comments on “Saturday Morning Tea

  1. Andrew says:

    Mmm, delicious. Sounds like the perfect morning cuppa. Think I may have to go and put the kettle on!!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Mmmm…that seems to be the word! I love the deep, rich color in the mug. I also tend to drink tea by the seasons.

    And I just noticed the itty-bitty smiley-face at the bottom of your blog. VERY cute and clever!

  3. artandtea says:

    Oh yes, it’s always a good time to put the kettle on!

    That’s funny Stephanie, I never noticed that little smiley face before!

    -Karen

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