Monday, February 18, 2013

Little Yellow Teapot Steeps Some S.D. Bell Goodness!

Our friends the Little Yellow Teapot & the Tea Gang had some good fun last week trying out a couple of our varieties from S.D. Bell & Co!

First up was the S.D. Bell Natural Leaf breakfast tea and the Tea Gang had fun creating their own mock-up of the postcard we sent! Highlights from the tasting: "Five minutes later we had a liquid that was deep ruby colored and had a mild, nondescript and pleasant aroma. The flavor was clearly a blend of the two teas in it and was happily free of bitterness or astringency even after a 5-minute steep."

Little Yellow Teapot's take - "My humans are definitely happy to have tried this tea, and I like keeping them happy since they are less troublesome then."

Later in the week they brewed up one of our finest (and most expensive) teas, the Assam Top Tippy, also known as SFTGFOP - Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe. Can you say that five times fast?! The Tea Gang also enjoyed this tea and shared quite a bit of background, explaining that our tea is indeed different from a typical Assam because it is processed in the Orthodox method, so the pieces are small and light, unlike the CTC method which produces little nuggets that brew stronger. LYT's humans like to use milk and sweetener and had this to say: "The good news is that the flavor was actually enhanced by adding both milk and sweetener. A malty character comes through that was not detected in the straight tea."

Please make sure to check out the Tea Gang's blog - they are knowledgeable tea drinkers who do a thorough job of tasting teas ... and they have FUN with it, which is what this is all about after all.

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