Today I review honey black tea from TECA Tea in Houston, Texas. Formerly Ten Ren Tea, this shop in Southwest Houston/Bellaire's Chinatown is now called Ten Yen Tea. TECA Tea is their own line of tea. The owners, Richard and Pauline, are Taiwanese Tea Masters who speak multiple languages. It's a beautiful shop with a choice selection of quality teas and teaware. If you've been looking for supplies for gong fu cha (Chinese tea ceremony), you'll go crazy in here! There's usually something tasty to sample while you shop.
Anyway, back to the tea! This is one of three teas I bought the last time I was there with my Meetup Group (Tea and Conversation with Friends Meetup (Houston Metro Area). There is not a lot of information on the label, but from what I can tell, it's not actually honey-flavored. It appears to be a mild Chinese black tea with a naturally sweet aroma.
Per the instructions on the label, I did the first steeping (1 teaspoon in 8 ounces of water) at 200 degrees for 3 minutes. It yielded an amber liquor with a smooth, floral flavor. I tasted notes of jasmine, roses, and honeysuckle. There is no bitterness to this tea at all, but it's highly astringent. After a few sips, I got that telltale dry mouthfeel.
This tea does NOT need milk and sugar! I believe it would overpower the delicacy of this black tea. However, I did add a little honey to the second steeping.
Oh! Before I forget, here's the link to TECA Tea: http://www.tecatea.com/