Tea tasting: Homemade black tea blend

With absolutely no experience in tea blending, I tried to replicate a nice cinnamon spice black tea I had drank before. I only knew from memory that the ingredients of the said tea contained black tea, ground cinnamon, dried orange peel and cloves.

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The only black tea I have at home currently is a tin of Sabah Black Tea, which was a gift from a friend. Eager to experiment, I used a tablespoon of black tea, a teaspoon of dried orange peel broken into small pieces and a teaspoon of cinnamon powder. No cloves in the pantry, so I skipped that ingredient.

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After mixing the ingredients together in a bowl, I stored them in a small container for a couple of days before brewing. I thought the mixture looked kind of pretty.

To brew the tea, I used a tea filter bag so that the ingredients would not be scattered in the teapot.

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Three minutes later, it was time to give it a taste!

I have to mention that the black tea itself is a little astringent. Somehow, with my personalised blend, the astringency became even more pronounced.

The tea turned out to be nearly as bold as coffee, but with a light sour hint like diluted fruit tea. The ratio of cinnamon seemed to be fine, as the aroma and taste were not too overpowering. The spice level was quite subtle.

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Actually, the blend was far from what I had tasted before, but it was palatable and unique on its own. However, I honestly do not think I would make the blend again, even though I could probably improvise on it. It is literally just not my cup of tea.

It was fun trying though. Who knows someday I’d be interested enough to go for a tea blending course to learn the proper skills? 🙂

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