DetailsCountry of Origin: India, Kenya
Region: Assam, Kiambu
Grade: BOP (Broken Orange Pekoe)
Altitude: 1500 ft, 6500 ft above sea level
Manufacture Type: CTC (Cut Torn and Curled)
Cup Characteristics: A stout robust blend of February Kenya BP1 and 2nd flush Assam. Superb colour and very full bodied.
Infusion: Bright and Coppery.
In order to provide the Irish with strong tea blends, tea blenders supplying the market buy up top quality seasonal output from Assam and Kenya. The Assam teas are picked from the top production of the Second Flush, a period of high growth in the month of June. The Kenyans selected are usually those produced in either February or August when the most flavorful leaf is grown. The Assam component of this Irish blend gives the cup a strong, deep malty character with heavy layers of astringency that dry the mouth, feeling almost as if you could chew the tea. (This is similar to the way a very dry wine can make you pucker.) The Kenyan teas provide a bright coppery colour with profound floral notes that add a complex depth to the cup.
As with most teas, the longer you brew this tea the stronger it becomes. If you're Irish, you'll let this tea brew a good long time and then add a wee splash of milk. Milk, in the case of a tea this strong cancels out the tannins and diminishes the bitterness that can characterize some strong teas.