Monday, January 04, 2010

Tea Review 108: English Tea Store Nine Bend Black Dragon

Nine Bend Black Dragon
English Tea Store

Here's what the English Tea Store's blurb has to say about Nine Bend Black Dragon:

Nine Bend Black Dragon Loose Leaf is a classic China Black tea. This tea is full bodied with deep burgundy depth and delightful oaky notes. Excellent as an after dinner tea!

Which is not completely off the mark, but it also doesn't tell you exactly what type of Chinese tea it is. I'm no expert on this sort of thing but I'd put my money on a Yunnan or perhaps a Golden Monkey.

In any event, this is a very good tea and by far the best of the bunch of the four samples ETS sent. I won't quibble with "deep burgundy depth" and "delightful oaky notes" and I'd add that there was virtually no trace of bitterness or astringency with this very flavorful tea.

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