Time to settle down from the raucous fun inspired by The Devotea’s “Finbarr’s Revenge” and the really wild tea time with “Two Tigers.” We’re going regal with Persian Princess, another blend of black teas from India and China. The package of dry tea leaves took on a downright royal appearance, with a sort of crown appearing on it’s “head.”
The dry tea leaves were broken leaf form and had a rich aroma with mildly malty, cocoa-y notes. We steeped in boiling water for a full 5 minutes. The result was a tea liquid that had a very regal ruby red color to it and a malty aroma. Tasting was another matter.
The vendor says this is a “strong black tea designed to be drunk in the old-fashioned Persian court manner, with a lump of sugar held between the teeth and the tea sipped over it.” Unfortunately, the vendor doesn’t know how uncoordinated my humans are. The lump of sugar kept falling out when they tried to sip the tea. Too bad I didn’t have the sneaky cam set up. The video would have gone viral on YouTube. Not a very regal or princess like tea time.
They ended up sipping it straight and enjoyed the malty, roasty flavor that had some bite to it, and then tried some more with milk and sweetener added. Here the flavor was a bit light but still entrancing. My humans were clearly under the spell of the Princess here! They said that there was a hint of fruitiness that came out with the milk and sweetener in the tea. In fact, that little cream pitcher started to feel so special that she suddenly had a crown of her own just like that tea package!
The vendor puts QR codes on the back of the package so you humans with your newfangled high-tech devices can scan them and quickly access information off of his site. We had to resort to the old-fashioned method of going to the site on our laptop and then to the product page. Click. Click. Click. Ouch!
The vendor recommends a food match with this tea of Chocolate, Pears in Red Wine, Nougat, and Pashmak. My humans dove into the chocolate (as if they need a reason) as their food go-with.
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