Bolivian Black Tea, Tippy Small Leaf - Organic

This tea has been retired/discontinued.

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Brand:Simpson & Vail
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Bolivia
Loose/teabag:Loose

This tea's info last updated: Feb. 24, 2018

Commercial Description

The small, jet-black leaves of this Bolivian tea produce a bright amber cup. The tea yields a rapid infusion and has a smooth, full-bodied and fruity-plum taste.

Brewing Instructions: (from Simpson & Vail)

Brew tea at 212ยบ - steep for 2 minutes.

Ratings & Reviews

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Reviewer pic67 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
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This tea is good. It's rich and not too bitter. I added cream and sugar.
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Reviewer pic67 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
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I have been wanting to try this tea for some time! I was quite disappointed to learn that the operation is being closed down, in what I see as an unintended consequence of the US "war on drugs".

Broken leaf...looks and smells a lot like a strong breakfast tea, and the brewed cup is similar as well.

Brews a rich, dark cup, strong like a tippy Assam but slightly less edgy, not at all malty, and with a quite different aroma. Hard to describe, but without being particularly unusual...this is a fairly typical strong black tea and reminded me a lot of many English Breakfast blends, although it was noticeably less malty. Perhaps more like a Ceylon tea than anything else. Also a little like a stronger, edgier version of a Turkish tea.

I liked this tea a lot more when using less leaf (less than 1 tsp.) and brewing for a short (1.5 minute) time. It is quite strong and infuses quickly, and I find the complexity comes out more when brewing it more weakly.

Although this tea is very good for a broken leaf tea, the price is quite high, and I do not think it is worth the price. I'm glad I tried it, as a novelty, but I would not want to buy this tea regularly, because, in the similar price range, there are some really top-notch teas from a variety of other regions.
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