Company/Brand Name: American Tea Room
Name: Kensington (English Breakfast Blend)
Category: Black Tea Blend
Form: Loose Leaf
Origin of the Leaf: Assam, India and Yunnan, China
The Leaves: Dark brown to midnight black leaves with a splash of golden tips. The dried leaves have an inviting sweet-earthy scent.
Flavor: A full-bodied and malty tasting brew with a touch of sweetness and just enough oomph! to get you going in the morning
Overall: Yunnan and Assam are two of my favorite black teas, but I had never thought to combine them. Good thing that the American Tea Room did it for me! This tea blend combines the best of two worlds and makes a rich and luxurious cup of tea.
Since this English breakfast tea brings together two black teas that I adore, I was kind of expecting fireworks overhead when taking my initial sip. Even though the sky didn’t light-up with splashes of color, I was still dazzled by the combination of flavors.
At first, when the tea was still rather hot, I detected a note of sweetness. Just behind the scenes is a subtle, yet tantalizing flavor of bittersweet chocolate.
As the tea cooled, the maltiness seemed to really kick in, which made my cup even more interesting and enchanting.
The Kensington blend has a nice refreshing finish, just enough astringency to eloquently round out a robust and sumptuous brew. Plus, I love that little tingle on my tongue after each sip!
The overall experience left me feeling rather revitalized and empowered, ready to tackle whatever the day may bring.
I had ordered a sample size of the Kensington loose tea, which came in a black bag with colorful label that included steeping directions.
However, one little annoyance with these bags is that they don’t re-seal, but on the plus side they do have a thick foil-lining to keep the tea tasting fresh longer.
On the tea package, it recommended using a water temperature of 200F and an infusion time of four minutes.
I tried to follow these instructions fairly closely; occasionally I did let the leaves steep a minute longer out of habit, but I didn’t find that it made a significant difference in the taste.
As with most of my recent reviews, I used my six-ounce glass teapot. Since there were no specific directions about the amount of water or loose tea to use, I decided to go with the general guideline of one level teaspoon.
I do recommend using filtered-water, if possible, to allow all the wonderful nuances of this tea to really shine.
Infusions – I was able to get two infusions from the Kensington tea. The first was definitely much more robust and the second retained the maltiness of the first infusion, but was mellower tasting.
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If you’d like to purchase this tea just click the link below, it will take you directly to the American Tea Room web page for the Kensington tea. Enjoy!
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