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Vithanakanda Estate OP1 Black Tea from Empire Tea Services

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Empire Tea Services Tea Description: Fancy extra large wiry leaf. Smooth taste. Exceptional. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: The above description for this Vithanakanda Estate OP1 Black Tea from Empire Tea Services is short and simple … but it is also spot-on!  This cup is indeed smooth tasting and truly exceptional!  One of the best examples of high-quality Ceylon teas I’ve tasted. From the very first sip, I’ve been WOWing on this tea!  That is to say, from that very first sip, the first word I uttered is wow!  It Read More

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Tropical Delight (Iced Tea) from Empire Tea Services

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Empire Tea Services Tea Description:  Mango, Passion Fruit and Kiwi flavors with Ceylon tea. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: I brewed this earlier this morning and let it chill in the fridge until this afternoon, because I knew I’d be out and about running errands, and I wanted to be able to enjoy this tea as it was intended – as an iced tea. I did manage to take a quick sip or two as a hot tea, though, and enjoyed it that way as well.  But, I do Read More

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Season’s Greetings Tea (AKA Caramel Tea) from Empire Tea Services

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black & Green Teas Where to Buy:  Empire Tea Services Tea Description: Sencha green tea, Ceylon black tea, Almond slivers, and Caramel flavoring. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: I debated with myself about whether or not I should publish this review now, or if I should wait until it was closer to the holiday season, but decided that since this tea is indeed available year round (and certainly quite enjoyable any time you choose to brew it!) I would publish the review now. I was also a little confused by the tea, because Read More

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Fruit De Bois from Empire Tea Services

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Empire Tea Services Product Description: Flavored high elevation Ceylon black tea.  Fruits from the wood.  A scintillating flavor with a lingering taste.  Excellent! Taster’s Review: This is a very interesting blend.  I don’t think I’ve tried one quite like this. The black tea base is a medium-strength Ceylon, brisk but not overwhelmingly bold.  There is a fair amount of astringency, but no bitterness to the tea itself. I do notice a faint bitter tone that doesn’t taste like “tea bitterness” though, and I attribute this bitterness to the fruit.  The fruit is Read More

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Lavender Ceylon from Empire Tea Services

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Empire Tea Services Product Description: An unsurpassed floral tribute to Ceylon tea. Blended with Lavender flowers. Taster’s Review: This has to be one of the most remarkable Lavender teas I’ve ever encountered – certainly the best Lavender black tea I’ve yet to taste. From the moment that I opened the pouch, I was amazed at just how fragrant the tea is.  It smells like pure lavender.  So beautiful!  It doesn’t smell like lavender oil.  It doesn’t smell like artificial lavender essence.  It smells like the fresh flower, as if I were standing Read More