Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Arbor Teas
This terrific example of a high-grown Ceylon black tea hails from Sri Lanka’s eastern Uva District, grown between 5,000 and 6,000 feet above sea level. Organic and Fair Trade Certified, this black tea is composed of finely twisted leaves of uniform size and dark brown color. Its full-bodied mahogany infusion represents the best of high-grown Ceylons, with a complex flavor profile, light body and classic brisk character.
Ingredients: organic Sri Lankan black tea
When it comes to unflavored Ceylon teas, I am not usually overly enthusiastic. That’s because for the most part, they are rather ho-hum. Boring. Of course, there are exceptions to this, and I have tasted several remarkable Ceylon teas worthy of enthusiasm. However, I don’t think I’ve ever tasted one quite like this.
Truth be told, I held on to my sample of this tea for a few months because of that “ho-hum-ness” (yes, it’s a word … now) and now that I’m tasting it, I’m regretting my hesitance. This is the opposite of boring. This Ceylon is SUPERB!
It is remarkably smooth, starting with a sweetness that reminds me of dark brown sugar and honey, and ends with a light astringency. It is brisk and absolutely delicious. This is one of those teas that I could see myself drinking every day and not ever tiring of it.
There are notes of fruit in the background – a distinct citrus note with perhaps a hint of apricot? – and a hint or two of flower within these complex layers of flavor. I am finding myself so enveloped in this tea, enjoying the amazing sweetness of it and exploring the myriad of flavors within it.
The worst part about this tea – is that it is so good that it disappears from my cup too fast! I highly recommend this one – it should be on the shelf of every tea lover’s cupboard.
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!