Today’s tea is Red Lantern (organic), and I am guessing that it is a China black tea (but there’s no indication on the tin) from L’Amyx Tea here in Oakland, which sadly, has recently closed.
The leaves are twisted and dark brown/black, with not much gradation in color. The scent is fairly flat, with a slight floral note. The flavor is clean and smooth. This is a good, basic black tea. I would have it again, but, unfortunately, not from L’Amyx.
Why are there so few tea shops in the East Bay? It can’t be because tea’s not popular. There’s nowhere to go–to talk to someone about tea, and see and smell the leaves before you buy. Everything’s online now. *Sigh*. I don’t understand. It’s just not the same, ordering tea online. I know there are tea merchants online who really care about their product and will give recommendations and opinions on tea, but I want someone to talk to, not email correspond with. OK, that’s the end of my rant today.
Enjoy your tea, because the shop where you bought it may not be there tomorrow.