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Alex Zorach

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New Vithanakande from Harney and Sons

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

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 6th, 2016

I liked this tea and found it very interesting, it wasn't a favorite at first but it made me write and think a lot, and I found it grew on me. I especially liked this tea's ability to evoke interesting imagery and memories from my childhood with its aromas. Many of the Ceylon teas I've tried over the years have been s...

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New Vithanakande Estate Pekoe from Upton Tea Imports

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

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 13th, 2012

This is a Ceylon whose character is somewhat in between the high-grown, lighter Ceylon black teas and the richer, maltier ones. Strong but smooth, with tones of rice, wintergreen, and malt. Very rich red-brown color.

Although this tea is initially quite smooth, the aftertaste is rather tannic: bitter and astringen...

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