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Organic Singampatti Oothu Black Tea from Arbor Teas



Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Arbor Teas

Tea Description:

This very fine black tea hails from the Oothu estate in the Indian state of Kerala, just miles from the southern tip of the Indian peninsula. Isolated from the rest of the country by the Western Ghats, tea grows at the Oothu Estate amid lush green rainforest and stunning natural beauty. In fact, Oothu translates to “spring of water.” The Singampatti group of estates produce the largest amount of organic tea in the world. This organic, Fair Trade Certified black tea is full-bodied, smooth, and subtly sweet with light to medium astringency.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Organic Singampatti Oothu Black Tea from Arbor Teas – while the name is quite a twisted mouthful! – the tea itself is so smooth and rich and absolutely delightful to sip!

This is a very pleasantly smooth tea.  It starts out with a sweet note that is reminiscent of a caramel note – a light caramel note.  Throughout the sip, I notice hints of fruit and flower.  There are very subtle spice tones to the tea as well as a touch of malt.  It has a sort of “chewy” bake-y flavor that evokes thoughts of the chewy crust of a warm, freshly baked French Bread.

It is a warm, robust tea, but I like that it is not a bitter tea.  No, I didn’t over-steep the tea, but, sometimes, with Indian teas there are very subtle notes of something there that suggest to me that if I had over-steeped the tea that I would have a bitter tasting brew.  There is no inclination of that with this tea.  Just smooth, sweet, delicious flavor.

There is some astringency that is slightly dry.  I notice this dry sensation on my palate toward the finish, but it isn’t an overbearingly dry tea either.  The dryness reminds me of a fine wine, with notes of black currant toward the finish, and a slight dryness on the palate as the sip concludes.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable tea!  It is one that I’d like as that all-important first cup of the day (in fact, that is what it is today!) because it’s strong enough to provide a that little kick of gusto that I need to get going.  But it is not an aggressive tea, and it would also make an agreeable afternoon pick-me-up kind of tea as well.  Nice with milk and honey (or other sweetener) but, equally as nice without!

And I really can’t say enough good things about Arbor Teas as a company.  They are definitely tops in my book.  I love that all their teas are organic and fair trade – and that they are dedicated to providing the best quality organic and fair trade teas to their customers.  I also LOVE that they are devoted to the environment, using biodegradable packaging and focusing their efforts toward a greener planet.  These things are important to me, and I love that they are also important to Arbor Teas!

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“Organic Singampatti Oothu Black Tea from Arbor Teas”

  1. Profile photo of jackie May 2nd, 2013 at 10:49 pm       jackie Says:

    Does “very fine” black tea mean the leaves are very fine, as in; broken quite small, or does it mean the tea is a fine (as in good) tea?
    Nice reading about a tea from an estate I’m not familiar with at all. Sometimes I think I must know all the estates there by now, but clearly I don’t.

  2. Profile photo of liberteas May 2nd, 2013 at 11:02 pm       liberteas Says:

    I think that “very fine” in the description means “good” here, although the leaves are broken leaves, I wouldn’t say that they were extraordinarily small, at least … I’ve seen smaller. (If that helps?)

    I know what you mean about the estates … Every now and again I’ll come across an entirely new-to-me estate and I think to myself … how many estates are there anyways? Then I realize that the world is a mighty big place and I’ll probably still find new-to-me estates twenty years from now.

Our mutual love for tea and writing about it inspired us to start this blog so that we could better share this love with others.

One thing I (Anne) learned very early on in my career as a tea artist is that everyone has different preferences, and every single tea tastes differently on every single palate.  So just because one of us doesn’t happen to like a tea, doesn’t mean that YOU (the reader) will not.

We try to be as impartial as we can.  We do have our favorites.  We are human.  But we do our very best to be as fair and as honest about a tea as we can be.

You might not agree with my assessment – or with Jennifer’s assessment – of a tea.  But that’s OK… if we all liked the same exact tea – we’d only need ONE kind of tea and … wow… that sounds really boring, indeed!

What a beautiful world it is that we have so many teas to suit so many tea enthusiasts!