During my review last week I shared one of my favorite discoveries from the 2015 Midwest Tea Festival, but this week I want to share of of my favorite companies—Single Origin Teas. You may have heard me talk about them before, but this week they've provided a sample of one of their more unique offerings—a black tea from the Nucifora Tea Estate in Australia.
One of the reasons I've become so enamored with Single Origin Teas is due largely in part to the broad selection of teas they carry from lesser-known tea producing countries. They're a great company to look at if you want to broaden your horizons. This tea in particular caught my eye because I was completely unaware that tea was being grown in Australia, but it turns out they've been producing tea for decades. Most of the teas I purchase are grown in China or India, with the occasional green tea from Japan or oolong from Taiwan thrown in for good measure, so I'm excited to branch out a bit and try something new to me.
This is quite different from the Yunnan Chinese breakfast tea I'm accustomed to drinking. The scent is faintly fruity, but the flavor is bold, slightly sweet, with a malty undertone and the barest trace of minerality. Whether I steep it for three minutes or five it doesn't seem to produce much in the way of astringency and only leaves me with the barest hint of dry mouth. During the summer I prefer teas that lack astringency, so this would make an excellent choice for iced tea—it's absolutely delicious iced or hot.
Would I order this again? Yes. Black tea with a Aussie twist, I'm a huge fan!
Where to Purchase
Suggested Brewing Tips
Serving Size: 1 level teaspoon per 8 ounces
Water Temp: 208°F
Steep Time: 3 - 5 minutes
*Single Origin Teas did not provide steeping instructions with this tea, so I have listed the time and temperature I used for this review.
I am in no way affiliated with The Midwest Tea Festival, it's just a really cool event I'd like to see succeed. Upon my request I have been provided with a press pass for the event, admission for one guest, and samples from several of the vendors.
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that Single Origin Teas has provided me with a sample for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own.