I have been thoroughly looking forward to reviewing this tea along with others that I received from Whittard.
This blend is Afternoon Black Leaf.
I get the impression that this is going to be a light blend with beautiful tones of bergamot and Green Tea.
I feel very privileged to have been sent this tea as this blend has received a Great Taste award (these awards are based solely on taste so this must have something special to offer). The judges at the Great Taste said-
“Good quality leaves delivering rich, warm eucalyptus notes.”
I had better get my kettle on and see what all the fuss is about.
I open up the pack and my nose fills with an extraordinarily refreshing zesty aroma.
I prepare my kettle for boil.
Whittard advise the following for brewing-
Use fresh water from a kettle. Water left in the kettle loses vitality and makes tea taste dull. Rinse the pot with boiling water to bring out the tea’s flavour. Add 2-3 teaspoons of tea to a 6-cup pot. Pour in boiling water and leave to brew for 3-4 minutes. Brewed lightly, this tea is best served black or with lemon.Stop what you are doing and savour.
Here goes…I pour the freshly boiled water into my rinsed teapot and let the flavours infuse.
You may already know that I particularly like to leave my teas infusing for the maximum time to make sure I achieve maximum flavour.
After 4 minutes I decide rather than trying the tea straight away I am going to firstly savour the teas aroma.
This tea gives off a delicately light orange aroma that smells so warm and comforting.
I am now ready for tasting. I take a small sip and bang! The tea is rich, warm, comforting and zesty. I agree with the Taste Award judges in that the tea also delivers warm eucalyptus notes and these seem to come through very nicely towards the end of the flavour delivery.
This blend contains 89% Black Tea, 10% Green Tea and 1% Bergamot Flavouring.
I have to say I absolutely adore this blend. This is a hero afternoon black tea that could actually be consumed anytime of the day and it would be sure to leave you feeling light and refreshed.
Whittard describes this tea as-
Mr. Whittard created this house blend in the 1940’s especially for those long lingering afternoons when tea taken on the lawn was the most British of rituals. This aromatic blend of fine black and jasmine green tea is combined with the distinctive flavour of bergamot.
Overall I would say for me this is just simply perfect to enjoy anytime. Thank You Whittard for giving us a flavour sensation in Afternoon Black Leaf Tea, it is definitely worthy of a Great Taste award.