Black Magnolia, by The Great Mississippi Tea Company, is a first flush black tea, grown, picked, rolled, and packaged right here in Brookhaven, Mississippi. Rakkasan Tea Company visited The Great Mississippi Tea Company back in May 2019 to pluck and hand roll some of the teas. My “teamail” from Brandon at Rakkasan introduced me to the fact that tea growing was going on right down the road–well, right down the road in Texas speak–here, it is 3 1/2 hours, which folks think is a long trip. I have actually been laughed at for saying I was going to “run over to Clarksdale” and it is only and hour and a half. But, I digress.
I checked out The Great Mississippi Tea Company because I also like to support local businesses. I ordered the Delta oolong, and the Black Magnolia black, as those were the only two available at the time. This morning I finally got around to trying the Black Magnolia, and of course, it required being served in a suitably themed cup. It held a hint of sweetness, with a beautiful dark color, and aroma that possibly only Mississippi could create. I enjoyed making a second cup, inhaling the pleasantly woody apricot and honeysuckle aroma. It might become a favorite.
The tea cup is unmarked, and may be a knock off of the Homer Laughlin Gray Dawn Magnolia design. Laughlin’s design had a pedestal cup with narrow band of color at the bottom of the cup, and rim of color with the magnolia in the center on saucers and plates.