Ruhunu Ceylon/Zesta Tea. . . .

I would like to preface this review with the following fun fact – I am a sucker for any ceylon tea.

This tea is part of the Ceylon region pack from zesta tea and features Ceylon from the Ruhunu region which is a low grown region in the south of Sri Lanka. This tea was a loose leaf and required me to utilize one of my tea sacs rather than a stainless steeper as the leaves were so fine.

This was a batch of pure Ceylon meaning that there was no added flavors or herbs to compete with the flavor of the tea. This was a beautifully smooth brew and was one of the best ceylons I’ve ever had. Interestingly I was only able to get one brew out of a batch, but I still think that the tea is worth the cost even at one brew per serving.

Zesta sells this tea as part of their Ceylon region pack, and I would be willing to pay pack price for just this single box. For black tea drinkers, this Ceylon region pack needs to be in your upcoming purchase. This would also make a great gift for tea enthusiasts to test their palate for the subtle differences that growing regions have on a tea – wine drinkers do it all the time, we can too!

 


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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Zesta Tea

Description

Experience and appreciate the unique taste of premium regional teas, as this regional pack has Ceylon tea from all five tea growing regions – Uva, Ruhunu, Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula, Kandy. Ceylon tea became famous for its unique taste variety that differs across the regions and elevations which are reflected in these teas.

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Sandakphu Hand Rolled Black Tea/Nepali Tea Traders. . . .

Sandakphu Hand Rolled Black Tea from Nepali Tea Traders was in my stash for special occasions and recently I hit the bottom of the bag so I figured it was time to say FAREWELL and give it a proper review before it’s just a tea memory.

I looked for this tea on their website and it is no longer in stock. Back in 2014 LiberTEAs did a review of it here at The SororiTea Sisters. I remember her describing in great length of the apricot notes that shined in this. I completely agree with her that the apricot flavors truly made this a naturally flavorful and delightful cuppa.

Nepali Tea Traders said this tea was an Orthodox black tea, only two leaves and a bud are hand plucked for processing. This full-leaf, loose tea is then oxidized carefully until a fine balance of flavors is achieved. This exquisite tea has a smooth floral bouquet with a lingering apricot finish. Perhaps this is why I enjoyed this tea so much…I have always been a sucker for apricots!

I always associated them with my childhood because as a toddler one of my favorite foods was dried apricots…yes…I know…I was an ‘odd’ kid.

I did feel that the black tea was comparable to a darjeeling. It seemed to have some flavor similarities. I sure hope that Nepali Tea Traders brings this one back because it’s a REAL WINNER!!!!


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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Nepali Tea Traders

Description

Click below for all of Nepali Tea Traders Black Tea Offerings!

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SAKHIRA ESTATE, NEPAL, FIRST FLUSH 2017/Yatra Tea Company. . . .

With a singular focus on harvesting only the highest quality black Orthodox teas, the produce of Sakhira is poised to give the vaunted Darjeeling teas a run for their money…this is according to Yatra Tea Company’s website and I have to say that it was quite reminiscent of some Darjeelings I have sipped on in the past.

This Sakhira Estate, Nepal, First Flush from Yatra Tea Company was harvested in April of 2017. It is a black tea from the Nepal region and is of the Tippy grade or SFTGFOP1. It’s golden-yellow liquor, fragrant aroma that is highlighted with pronounced floral notes, offers an incredibly smooth taste that I found myself craving long after the cup.

I adored this tea. But I also enjoyed learning more about where the tea leaves came from which was an area approximately 12 miles from the Ilam bazaar lies the Sakhira Garden which is named for its location (Sakhejung Hill Range). This estate is relatively young (founded in 2000 by the collective efforts of a group of small farmers). The production facilities reside at 4,000 feet while the plantations that provide tea to the factory are perched at an altitude of 6,000 feet.

I can just imagine looking out into these gardens while sipping on a delightful cup of this tea from Yatra Tea Co. Lovely!


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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Yatra Tea Company

Description

This tea doesn’t appear to be available currently but click below for teas that are!

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Wild Black Tea-Dian Hong/Teabook. . . .

I have had this sample of Wild Black Tea/Dian Hong for quite some time now. I have taken it out to make it countless times and then got distracted by another tea and went that route instead.

Well, when I finally made it, I didn’t even drink it hot. My sister called to FaceTime me with her puppy and the call went for some time. The tea cooled. Yet when I did finally take my first sip, I quite liked it.

The tea is somehow both brisk and smooth at the same time. For me, briskness is usually synonymous with astringency but this tea managed to have one without the other. The good morning-pick-me-up without the bad bitterness. With that said, at times it can be drying but mostly it is a sweet honeyed malt.

Is this tea my favorite Dian Hong I have tried? No. But it is nice. A solid option.


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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Teabook

Description

This tea is not listed on the site but click below to learn more about Teabook.

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Sun Moon Lake Black Tea #18/ Great Tea Road Co. . . . .

Do people get excited over coffee beans like tea drinkers do over beautiful tea leaves?

When I saw the sample for this tea while strolling though the farmers market I knew I had to try it. Long, black leaves twisted and curled slightly; an aroma of honey and cedar.

This is not a machine tea. Leaf perfection like this needs to be worked by hand.

The wet leaves become a chocolaty brown color and gives off a rather strange scent. It’s not bad, I’m just not quite sure of what to make of it. The liquor is silky smooth.

Nothing bitter to it.

Hits the palette just right with essences of honey, cedar, and forest floor.


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Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Great Tea Road Co
Description:

Taiwan is an island near China. Although mountainous, its climate conditions make it ideal for farming. Many Taiwanese have either Chinese and/or original tribal heritage, and the countries main languages are Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese (Min). This tea is uniquely produced with a mixture of local Taiwanese tea cultivar and Burmese tea cultivar. The leaves were picked by hand. Its smell is like light lotus and cinnamon which is uniquely produced in Taiwan.

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