Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Upton Tea Imports
Classic rich Ceylon from a prestigious region in the highlands.
Learn more about this tea here.
Yeah! This Uva BOP Ceylon Black Tea from Upton Tea Imports is just what I needed today. I was feeling just a wee bit sluggish, in need of some caffeine and mostly what I wanted was rich, delicious black tea … and this Ceylon satisfies!
But I do have one complaint: the photo above is supposed to be a close up of the leaves … but, the actual leaves that I put into my tea maker today didn’t really look like this. The cut is much smaller than what I’d expect from a BOP. And really, this is my only complaint about this tea. The leaves are much more like a fine chop CTC tea leaf, rather than a Broken Orange Pekoe.
That complaint aside, the tea that the leaves produce is very flavorful. RICH and bold … but also very even-toned as I have come to expect from Ceylon. I don’t taste bitterness, and I don’t get a lot of astringency from this cup, although as I continue to sip, the astringency builds somewhat, providing a tangy “pucker” in the finish by the time I’ve consumed about half a cup of the tea.
The sip starts with an earthy note. I notice some sweetness, sort of honey-esque. I get some lovely citrus-y notes that come forward toward the finish. Notes of malt – which is a little surprising because this is a Ceylon and I don’t usually associate Ceylon teas with a malty note like this.
I would classify this as a rich yet medium-bodied cup of tea. Very tasty.