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New Vithanakanda Ceylon SFTGFOP-1 Black Tea from Kally Tea

June23

New Vithanakanda

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Kally Tea

Tea Description:

With this orange pekoe offering from Sri Lanka, Kally Tea again offers what we feel is the best of the best. This is graded as SFTGFOP-1. This translates to “Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe-1. This tea is wirey with extra-long leaves and nice faint golden tipped leaves. A refined and respectable tea from one of the most honored estates.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I’m not always particularly excited to try a pure Ceylon tea, mostly because, Ceylon is generally the tea that is used when creating a flavored black tea because Ceylon tends to be a rather even-tempered, moderate, mild-tasting tea.  Brisk, but not bold … just kind of … there.  You know what I’m saying?

However, this New Vithanakanda Ceylon SFTGFOP-1 Black Tea from Kally Tea is an exception to that … this Ceylon has some real GUSTO … which really took me by surprise.

Yes, this tea does have many of the qualities I’ve come to expect from a high quality Ceylon – it is a even-tempered tea, but, I certainly wouldn’t call it mild!  It has a lovely robust, malty quality like an Assam might offer, but it is not as aggressive as an Assam.  It has a very smooth, even flavor to it … smooth from start to finish.  Toward the finish, I notice hints of citrus … it’s a really refreshing finish.

A really delightful Ceylon that tastes great hot or iced.  I found myself wanting more when my cup was empty!  One of the nicest pure Ceylon teas I’ve had in a while – I recommend this one highly.

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