Today’s tea is Bombay Breakfast. It is an organic black tea from The Jasmine Pearl Tea Merchants located in Portland, Oregon. They have a store front as well as an online store. An interesting note is that you order tea in bulk by the ounce, with discounts for ordering 4 oz. or more. It’s a great way to sample some teas.
I just got this tea in the mail last night, so I’m excited to try it. I love trying new tea! The ingredients are: Indian black tea, ginger, cardamom, and roses, all of which have been organically grown. Major bonus points for that!
As soon as I open the package I am hit with the cardamom and ginger. A closer inspection picks up the rose in the background, but the spices really stand out. To look at it is as lovely as smelling it. It is flecked with colorful rose petals throughout. Sometimes I worry that when a tea has so much stuff in it that there won’t be room for the tea, and that the tea will be weak. Not to worry. This one brews up a gorgeous dark red brown and has a strong ginger fragrance.
This is good! It’s even good without milk. And I taste the ginger and the cardamom mingling with the rose petals. What an amazing concoction! It’s a very interesting take on Masala Chai, and it’s made for milk and sugar (if you choose the sugar part). The ginger leaves a tingle on the tongue. Adding milk makes it better still.
So it looks like this will be one to add to the Fall/Winter rotation.
You can get it here: http://www.thejasminepearl.com/Bombay_Breakfast_Tea_p/1004.htm