Bitaco Colombian tea

Hello all, apologies for the massive delay. Hopefully the reviews will be more regular from now on.

Something a little unusual today. Colombia tea. I admit before I acquired this I had no idea Colombia even made tea. I always imagined it as a coffee drinking company.

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Bitaco Tippy Black

My hopes weren’t high. I am very picky regarding black tea. There are only a few that I like and most of them are Indian. I didn’t expect to like this but…I do. Yay! I don’t forsee this coming into my regular rotation of go to teas but I do think I’d buy it again occasionally.

The leaves are small and very dark reminding me of coffee grounds.

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The liquor produced is also dark (I can barely see my fish friends in my tea cup).

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Brewing parameters: 90 degrees Celsius (194 degrees Fahrenheit) for 2-3 minutes

My brewing parameters: 90 degrees Celsius (194 degrees Fahrenheit) for 3 minutes

Taste: The scent is rather malty as is the initial taste, there is a strong fruity aftertaste slightly reminiscent of Darjeeling but not delicate or pronounced.

Subsequent infusions: The second infusion is more malty. The third infusion doesn’t hold up much as it is a lot weaker and most of the flavour profile is gone, this is common with black teas though as I find they don’t last as well as greens or whites against multiple infusions.

Bitcao wiry green

I had higher hopes for the greens as I rarely find green teas I dislike. I did like this one but it didn’t wow me. It was OK. But just OK. I’ll probably finish what I have but I don’t forsee getting any more in the future.

The leaves are dark and wiry in appearance.

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The liquor is a greeny yellow colour.

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Brewing parameters: 80 degrees Celsius (176 degrees Fahrenheit) for 2-3 minutes

My brewing parameters: 80 degrees Celsius (176 degrees Fahrenheit) for 2 minutes

Taste: Herbaceous, rather like Mao feng.

Subsequent infusions: The second infusion is rather like the first. The third is quite a bit weaker though still pleasant to drink.

Conclusion.

It was interesting to try some teas from a country often not associated with tea.

While the teas were both pleasant neither wowed me. I probably won’t buy the green one again as to me it tastes like mao feng without being quite as good as mao feng.

I did enjoy the Colombian black tea though. Its different to others I have tried. A lightly different malty/fruitiness balance to other black teas I have tried it was pretty good. I’d doesn’t hold its own against Darjeeling or Ceylon blacks though which I still prefer but its probably worth a try just for the interest factor of trying tea from somewhere more unusual.

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