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Brytta Sóþword

(284 reviews)
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Zen Mint from teakruthi

Style: Black Tea with Mint – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 25th, 2017

I prefer peppermint over spearmint but wasn't sure how well it would go with black tea, so I was cautiously optimistic about this tea. It turned out to be quite nice -- subtle yet smooth mint flavor blended into a solid black tea. It wasn't bitter at all. The flavor was robust enough for a solid two cups. The third cup...

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Lemon Kandy from teakruthi

Style: Lemon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 8th, 2017

I really like the slightly lemon-citrus smell of the dry leaf. It got me quite excited about trying this one. The lemon flavor is fairly subtle in this, but it's well blended. It tastes like a quality version of what I've seen called Lady Gray tea before. Certainly I would prefer this over most Earl Gray's I've tried, ...

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Alex Zorach

(1274 reviews)
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Ceylon Sonata from Adagio Teas

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 2nd, 2017

I very much like this tea, it is one of my favorite "base" or "default" Ceylons that is sold by any major tea company.

Before steeping, the leaf is aromatic and has a pleasant malty aroma, like an Assam but less fruity.

Flavor is crisp. The cup is very aromatic, mostly malty but with light roasty/toasty notes. ...

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Royal Midlands from teakruthi

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

84 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 5th, 2017

I went to try this tea first because I got the sense that it seemed the most "classic Ceylon" of Teakruthi's offerings, and it definitely delivered the character I expected. This is a little less like the types of Ceylons served in British traditions though, and more like the type of tea I find consumed in the middle-...

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Pat Heffernan

(1 review)
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TC85: Kenilworth Estate OP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 17th, 2015

Classic morning pot of tea if you like your tea strong enough to stand up to milk, yet not bitter or tannic. I used to fuss with making my own 'English breakfast blend' in search of the perfect combination of boldness and color -- hate weak, pale-colored tea in the morning -- but without adding bitterness or a smoky or...

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Total Amateur

(16 reviews)
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Ceylon Sonata from Adagio Teas

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 5th, 2015

Very fruity. Fairly bitter. Pretty generic overall, a lot like many black teas I've tried.

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Alex Zorach

(1274 reviews)
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TC32: Kandy OP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 29th, 2015

The aroma is mild, and very typical for a British-style black tea, on the malty side for a Ceylon, and much more complex than most other Ceylons. I found it is easy to overlook if brewed weakly, but really comes alive if brewed more strongly.

This tea is quite slow to infuse; I like steeping 5 minutes or more, and ...

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Kmidst

(14 reviews)
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Ceylon Sonata from Adagio Teas

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 12th, 2014

This tea has a nice fruity aroma. I like just smelling it for a while before actually taking a drink. I want to say that it reminds me of purple grapes.

The taste actually has a good degree of character. It's a mix between chocolate and citrus notes, and that's without any sweetener. It's also quite smooth, with ver...

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JGS1122

(50 reviews)
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TC32: Kandy OP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 7th, 2013

Solid with a slight after taste. Attractive dark color. Overall mild flavor.

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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English Breakfast (Kenilworth Ceylon Tea) from Novus Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 29th, 2012

This was a strong full-bodied black tea. It didn't have much of an aroma, but I liked its taste. Overall I'd drink it again but it won't be my staple black tea.

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Alex Zorach

(1274 reviews)
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English Breakfast Decaf (Kenilworth Ceylon Decaf) from Novus Tea

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

63 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 26th, 2012

This tea is among the best decaffeinated pure black teas that I've tried, whether loose-leaf or from a tea bag.

Full-bodied, dark, strong but smooth and somewhat mellow. There is a vaguely keemun-like fruitiness.

I find it interesting that Novus also carries a caffeinated version of this tea, it allows me to com...

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Sylvia

(210 reviews)
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English Breakfast (Kenilworth Ceylon Tea) from Novus Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 8th, 2012

This tea is really good, if not oversteeped. I steeped it for 5 minutes and it was too bitter, but then I tried it again and I steeped it for 3 minutes, and it was perfect. I usually like strong tea, and it was strong enough. It didn't have a very distinctive aroma. I added cream and sugar.

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Alex Zorach

(1274 reviews)
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English Breakfast (Kenilworth Ceylon Tea) from Novus Tea

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 28th, 2012

I find it a bit strange that Novus offers both a caffeinated and decaffeinated Ceylon tea from Kenilworth estate. Usually, companies do not wish to draw attention to the difference between a caffeinated tea and its decaffeinated counterpart, as the decaf tea usually pales in comparison. But, in this case, Novus boldl...

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Jason T

(2 reviews)
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TC85: Kenilworth Estate OP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 28th, 2012

A good black tea. Tastes similar to PG tips.

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Alex Zorach

(1274 reviews)
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TC85: Kenilworth Estate OP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 27th, 2011

A classic Ceylon. Aroma of the dry leaf is fruity, but this doesn't come through in the brewed cup.

Brews a dark but surprisingly clear cup. Earthy, with savory qualities. Aroma suggests potato and wintergreen, a hint of malt and cocoa. Astringent finish. Not the smoothest tea, and particularly, with more astri...

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Sylvia

(210 reviews)
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English Breakfast Decaf (Kenilworth Ceylon Decaf) from Novus Tea

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 9th, 2011

I like this tea. It has a mild, but full flavor. I think I like all of the Ceylon teas I've tasted. I added cream and sugar.

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Gigasaurus Rex

(2 reviews)
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TC85: Kenilworth Estate OP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

The aroma of this tea is wonderful. And the flavor is very clean and brisk, just not the most complex.

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Alex Zorach

(1274 reviews)
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TC30: Kandy BOP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka

33 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Dec. 13th, 2009

This is an insanely strong tea. I find the brewing instructions to be way off...following them it's undrinkable. I tried using about half as much leaf and brewing for 1 minute and it was about right. Steep it any longer and it becomes painfully astringent and also quite bitter.

When brewed briefly and with little...

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