Really surprising, an absolute delight.
Akin to other reviews here, my baseline was Twinings English Breakfast. It’s a hearty tea that takes well to cream or sugar. Ahmad though… There’s just something to this blend, and it is smoother.
The nose has some zest to it. Like a mix of light citrus with floral, woodsy notes.
The body is nice and malty, but still very smooth. There is a delightful pine needle bite on the finish which brings that citrus zest back to the palate, but not in a way that overpowers. Just enough to offer some tannin and taste.
Overall it is the smoothness of this tea that gets me. It just seems a cut above competitors in a way that I would not expect from an inexpensive bagged tea. I would joyfully drink a cup each morning if it was all I had around. This passes the test and I would feel great about serving it to guests too. Excellent!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt, Pine, Tannin