Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Empire Tea Services
An excellent tea from the Uva region famous for the ‘Uva’ flavor.
This is a delightful Ceylon tea – very flavorful!
Typically, when I drink a Ceylon tea, it is as either part of a blend or the base of a flavored tea. I don’t drink a lot of “unflavored” Ceylon teas. Not because I don’t like them, but because, for the most part, they are quite ordinary. Mind you, I said “for the most part,” because there are exceptions to this. Like this tea, for example.
This single estate Ceylon is very brisk and rich in flavor. It has a pleasant level of astringency with a slight pucker at the very end of the sip, imparting a tangy note on the tongue for the aftertaste. No bitterness to this tea, although I don’t recommend over-steeping it. It has a very well-rounded flavor that features notes of fruit, flower and even hints of earth. It’s invigorating enough to serve as a breakfast tea, and makes for an excellent pick-me-up in the afternoon.
I like the smooth, even flavor of this cup, it takes well to additions like milk and honey, if you want to add them, or if you prefer your cup straight up, this one does well served clean too. It is especially nice with a thin slice of citrus and makes a refreshing iced tea.
It is a perfect “go-to” staple that every tea cupboard needs!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!