Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Black Pekoe (Gorreana Tea)
I'm trying to diversify a bit from Chinese teas, so when I found the only tea grown in Europe, I jumped on it! There's a bit of a catch here, it's not from the European mainland - Gorreana Estate is on the Azores. The Azores are technically part of Portugal, but they're islands way out in the mid-Atlantic, pretty much halfway to Newfoundland! Frankly, I think that makes this tea's origin even more interesting.
This pekoe is a second-flush black tea, with large dark twisted leaves. There are a few twigs and broken leaves in there, but the leaves look quite nice and have a honeyed raisin aroma.
The liquor is a deep, ruby mahogany with a slightly sulphuric aroma of plums and honey. The taste is similar to a Ceylon black tea, with a slightly floral vanilla sweetness. There's very little astringency and a fresh and bright aftertaste. It's really quite nice and pleasant, and very good quality - I'd definitely like to try some of their other teas!
Black Pekoe at Gorreana Teas