Kalubowitiyana Estate Ceylon Black Tea from Upton Tea Imports

Kalubowitiyana Estate

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Upton Tea Imports

Tea Description:

Only limited amounts of CTC style tea are produced in Sri Lanka, and we are happy to be able to reintroduce this style after a prolonged absence. This offering is notable for a pleasing malty nuance, combined with the classic Ceylon notes of cedarwood and light citrus hints. 

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Taster’s Review:

Nice!  This Kalubowitiyana Estate Ceylon Black Tea from Upton Tea Imports is a very finely cut CTC … but don’t let the small size of the leaf cut discourage you.  Just reduce the brew time … I brewed this for 2 minutes in my Breville One-Touch rather than my usual “go to” time of 2 1/2 minutes for black tea, and the result is a cup of really pleasant Ceylon tea.

The most surprising note in this tea is the malty tone … it is MALTY … like a good, hearty Assam!  It is rich and flavorful, with a heftier body than I usually associate with a Ceylon.  This is like a Ceylon in Assam’s clothing.  In fact, had I not known that it was a Ceylon with my first sip, I would have thought it was an Assam.

However, now that I’ve had a few more sips, I notice more of a Ceylon character start to emerge.  It has that even-tempered flavor that I expect from a Ceylon, as well as hints of citrus that arrive at the tail end of the sip.  Mid-sip, I  notice a woody character with earthy notes.  There is a moderate amount of astringency to this, which is further accentuated by the citrus notes that arrive at the finish.

This is a really pleasant cuppa – one that would be nice morning or early afternoon tea.  It has a good amount of kick to it … so it can get you going just like a hearty Assam would!

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