Tea: Island Heritage
Reviewer: Alex Zorach
✓ 1265 teas reviewed
✓ 38 of Ceylon Black Tea
✓ 12 of teakruthi
✓ 4 from Matale, Sri Lanka (Dimbula)
Review of Island Heritage
February 14th, 2017
A light and elegant tea that I'd drink for a quiet break. Oolong-like.
The beautiful and wiry dry leaf has the remarkable aroma of mint candy, creamy and suggesting of sweetness, not a smell I've ever encountered in a pure tea before.
Brews up a cup that is surprisingly subdued. Clean and light, but only a subtle aroma and flavor. I found it uninteresting at first, but as I continued to sip, it grew on me greatly. Ever-so-slightly sweet, with a honey-like finish, and a hint of astringency. Only slightly bitter. Aroma of caramel, hinting at flowers. The mouthfeel and overall experience of drinking is oolong-like.
I loved how I felt after drinking this tea; I found it more mellowing than most black teas.
This tea infused slowly. I found after a 3 minute steep there was a great deal of flavor left in the leaves and I only needed to slightly up the steep time, to about 4-5 minutes, to get a cup that was equally strong and aromatic. Be careful not to go too long on the second steep; although this tea is mellow, I find a lot of bitterness can come out if steeped longer, as I'm used to doing for other black teas. I was able to get three steeps.
This tea is more expensive than most of Teakruthi's black teas, but the fact that it resteeps so well makes it offer a similar price-per-cup. This tea would be wasted though if you don't resteep it! I treat it more like an oolong!