Hey There Teacups! You won’t be surprised to see that I’m back with another Let’s Talk Tea post today. Can you tell that this is my favourite series to write for? .. I think you can. Anyway today’s Let’s Talk Tea post is all about a Breakfast tea from a company by the name of Rare Tea Company.
Rare Tea Company offers Rare and Specialty Tea expertly sourced from around the world. Artisan Loose Leaf and Whole Leaf Teas, Herbal Infusions, Teaware and Tea Gifts Sets. They were kind enough to send me two black tea to try and they even sent me super adorable tiny teapot that I just can’t deal with(Just wait until you see it you’ll understand completely).
So as you know my new posting format means I’ll be posting two let’s talk tea posts featuring Rare Tea Co, this is part one and part two will probably go up sometime in February. (I’m really loving be able to be so much more in depth with my reviews under this new format).
All I knew before the package arrived here as that Rare Tea Co were going to send me two black teas to try. They made sure to ask what I loved before putting the box together and they sent two teas that are absolutely perfect for me. (You’ll have to stick around for part two of this collaboration to see what the other tea they sent is….can you guess what it might be?)
For part one of my collaboration with Rare Tea Co I’ll be focusing on their Speedy Breakfast. ”A black tea, blended from selected fields and harvests across the Satemwa Estate; a small, family run tea garden in the Shire Highlands of Malawi. Remarkably strong, rich and comforting with a deep malty finish.
I think my love for black tea is quite deep rooted. I’ve always drunk tea, just like every other British kid I grew up with teabags in the house often starting my day with a classic British builders brew and while I know that teabags don’t house the best grade of tea that’s where my love for tea started – I think that’s where every brits love for tea started in all honesty. So English breakfast tea is something I’ve always loved – Who doesn’t love starting there day with a big mug of English breakfast to accompany their breakfast?
I try so many blended and flavoured teas that I often over look the classics like breakfast teas and often overlook them (which is bad of me I know).When I first smelt this tea I was drawn in instantly and adored the malty & slightly woody aromas It quickly filled the room with. The dry leaves are quite dark in colour and rich in aroma, it has an aroma I just can’t get enough of (maybe because its almost a norm for me and had been for a long time). The leaves are high quality loose leaf that have been cut smaller and finer to make it infuse faster – Hence the name Speedy breakfast. Because of the quality of the loose leaf, it doesn’t just make one pot, From just one T2 perfect scoop I was able to do 4 steeps! You really do get your moneys worth with this tea.
Brewing Parameters : 3g of Speedy Breakfast Tea – Brew At 95˚c. – I started my steeps at 45 seconds as advised on the Rare Tea Co website. (Infuse for 45 seconds for lovely full flavour. 2 minutes if you like it super strong. In 3 minutes it will be deep as a well.)
1st Steep – Brewed at 95˚c for 45 Seconds : Dark Copper liquor , Strong Malty Notes in both aroma and taste, Only slightly astringent. Ever so slightly smoky in the aftertaste. I drank this black and was pleasantly surprised by how naturally sweet it is. For me this doesn’t need any sweetener or milk but it would definitely be just as tasty either way.
2nd Steep: – Brewed at 95˚c for 1 Minute : slightly lighter copper liquor, The malty note is still as prevalent with this steep in both aroma and taste. The after strong aftertaste from the first steep did mellow out a little bit but were still there. The slight smokiness that I experienced in the aftertaste form the first steep was no longer there, to be honest it wasn’t very strong in the place so I didn’t really miss it this time round. The natural sweetness however did get a bit stronger with this steep. Adding sugar to this or milk would honestly ruin it. It has a magnificent flavour profile and any additions would completely strip it of that.
3rd Steep: Brewed at 95˚c for 2 Minutes : Started to smell a little bit like porridge oats during this steep! I know that wounds weird but trust me on this. Very dry mouthfeel appeared after this steep and the malty notes mellowed out a lot. In hindsight I probably wouldn’t have pushed it to 4 steeps. This was definitely the last good and flavourful steep I got out of it. I will say thought a slight floral note did appear with this steep which took me back a little bit, I’ll be honest in saying I wasn’t expecting it at all.
4th Steep: Brewed at 95˚c for 3 minutes : I’m going to be honest in saying that I know now that I shouldn’t have pushed this into a 4th steep. It striped it of everything and resulted in what I could only describe as a very watered down breakfast tea and it’s nowhere near as good as the first three steeps. 3 steeps is ideal for this tea. Very pale yellow liquor almost completely clear – slightly mellow in the aroma but not in taste at all.
Overall Teacup Rating : 5/5
Find out more about Rare Tea Co and purchase this tea for yourself here
As always Teacups if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them too me on twitter (@teaisawishblog)and I’ll answer them as soon as I can.
Speak to you all on Friday. Happy Steeping – Kimberley