Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Arbor Teas
A balanced cup for all green tea drinkers, our organic and Fair Trade Certified green tea from the Idulgashinna Estate in Sri Lanka is not too vegetal and not too fruity. Manufactured in the Uva region in eastern Sri Lanka (east of the other well known regions such as Nuwara Eliya and Dimbulla), this tea is from one of the well-known Staasen group of plantations, about 3300 – 6500 feet in elevation. It withstands multiple infusions quite well and has a pleasant sweet note with a clean finish.
Learn more about this tea here.
I love Arbor Teas, they are one of my favorite companies. They are very earth-friendly with their compostable packaging, their products are organic and Fair Trade Certified, and they work hard to minimize their carbon footprint. These things are not only important to the world we live in but to me, personally, as a consumer.
That being said, even though they are an environmentally friendly company, if I didn’t like their tea, I wouldn’t do business with them. Fortunately, they also have top-notch tea! And WOW! I’m loving this one!
The flavor is very smooth and even-tempered, much like I’d expect from a black Ceylon, but with a fresher, green tea kind of flavor that is not too grassy or vegetative. While there are some grassy tones to this, it’s really a smoother grassy flavor than you might expect from a green tea.
It has a sweetness to it that is very green tea-ish, a very mellow kind of sweetness that tastes faintly of honey. It also has a mild fruity sweetness that melds beautifully with the honey-esque tones.
This is the kind of green tea that you’d be proud to serve to guests, it has a very palatable flavor that I think everyone can appreciate, even those who don’t care for green tea would probably enjoy this one!
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!
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