This blend contains eight different teas (hence the name): Assam, Keemun, Nilgiri, Ceylon, Yunnan, Darjeeling, Oolong and Silver Tips. At first, I thought that the tea might have too much going on, but those fears quickly disappeared after my first sip. This is deliciously well-rounded!
I brewed this before I knew which teas were in this blend, had I known ahead of time, I would have probably adjusted my brewing temperature slightly to accommodate the Oolong and Silver Tips, but, I don’t think that the boiling water adversely affected them – at least not too much. There is some bitterness to the cup, but, rather than being an off-putting taste, it seems to add a compelling dimension to the cup.
I can’t say that I taste each individual tea within each sip, because I don’t. But what I do taste is a very full-flavor, one with notes that seem to represent each tea leaf within the blend.
In each sip, I taste rich, malty tones; pleasant sweetness that ranges from honey-like to somewhat of a burnt-sugar caramel; hints of earth, leather, smoke and wood; as well as some deep, fruity notes that are almost plum-like. There is some astringency to this that is tangy and dry, with a sweet aftertaste with just a whisper of floral undertones.
Harney & Sons describes this tea as
A historic blend created for the time the Group of Eight world leaders met in high above Denver at the Fort Restaurant. This blend of eight teas was created and served at that dinner.
This is really quite a remarkable blend, one I like far more than I anticipated … and I was fairly sure I’d like it! The different types of teas all seem to meld together seamlessly to create a very bold presentation for the palate. This tea makes for an invigorating afternoon pick-me-up. Delicious with fresh fruit!