First let me say that, as a huge fan of Arthurian mythology, I had to buy this tea as soon as I saw its name. This is a great, robust black tea that’s perfect for morning drinking! This was my first cup. I steeped it for about 4 minutes in my Teavana PerfectTea maker, and added in a teaspoon of rock sugar for sweetness. The tea brewed to a gorgeous deep red. Taste-wise, I got plenty of maltiness from the Assam and a little undercurrent of smokiness as well, with a slightly tannic aftertaste. Overall, very hearty and enjoyable! Next time I might try it with cream :)

Flavors: Malt, Smoke, Tannic

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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If you count the bagged stuff, I’ve been a tea drinker for a long time. I first discovered the joys of loose leaf on a trip to London in 2014, and it’s all been downhill from there. I’m still in the phase where I want to try everything, and I’m still developing my tea personality.

Types of tea / tisanes I gravitate toward: black, green oolong, Japanese green, flavored teas (sweet, floral, fruity, minty, complex, you name it), rooibos, roasted mate, and many herbal and fruit combos.

Teas I need to try, try again, or keep trying: white, pu erh, dark oolong, pure Chinese green, mate

I’ll update soon with my rating system!


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