Thursday, September 11, 2014

Yunnan Black Needle Tea from Tattle Tea

Yunnan Black Needle Tea from Tattle Tea
Like clock work, the first thing I do every morning after Paula heads to work is make myself a pour-over just to jump-start the morning. Well today things were different, I made a cup of tea. Why the change? Keep reading and you'll see why.

Yesterday, I sampled some Yunnan Black Needle Tea from Tattle Tea. I've never had needle tea before so I was curious to see what it was like.

Starting with a warm cup I added 1 1/2 tsp. of tea to the infuser, filled the cup with water just off the boil and let it steep for three minutes.

This process created the most amazing tea I have ever sipped.

The dry Yunnan black needle had a sweet, yet spicy cold aroma. Once the tea was saturated with hot water the same aroma drifted several feet as the tea steeped. After the three minutes were up I had a great looking cup full of dark amber tea. From the first sip I knew this was a fantastic cup of tea.

There were hints of clove-like spice, a touch of citrus and a solid black tea flavor base. As the tea washed across my palate it felt smooth and creamy with a sweet mouthwatering citrus aftertaste. Delicious! These flavors remained until the last drop was sipped.

Am I now a tea convert? No, but these fantastic teas from Tattle Tea have really changed my perspective.

This tea was so good it breaks my five point rating system, but until I change it I give this Yunnan Black Needle Tea a 6 out of 5 star rating