I am really excited to start my journal of my tea experiences. I think it is necessary to truly keep in reflection of what you taste and experience in tea. Although, I have had many before, today, I start over a new leaf.
In March I had the opportunity to travel to Brazil. I was curious of what tea they drink and how. Brazil is a country more interested in strong, strong coffee and only adding agave nectar (or similar clear sweeteners) to their beverages. The second day I was there, I found a store with a tea section. All of them boxed and in tea bags.. but tea none the less.
I bought several kinds to try. One with lime, one with cinnamon, and a regular black tea. As I expected, there were no loose teas or any type of green tea. The tea was relatively inexpensive as well, which worked with my budget.
The Lime black tea has a strong musk to it, it mirrors the heaviness of the air in humid Brazil. The lime was lightly present but not overpowering either. The black is a good tea, but easily over steeped. If you are not too careful, the bitterness is strong, just like their coffee. Overall, Brazilian tea was an experience and allows you to taste a part of Brazil in a cup.