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Ceylon Sonata

3 ratings
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Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Ceylon Black Tea
Region:Kandy, Sri Lanka
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This tea's info last updated: Feb. 4, 2010

Commercial Description

Black tea from Sri Lanka. In colonial times, this island-nation was known as Ceylon. This name is still used to describe all teas grown here. Ceylon tea is bright and lively, with a wonderfully delicate flavor. Our 'Ceylon Sonata' is the finest grade tea from the renowned Kenilworth estate, located in Sri Lanka's Kandy region. The perfect afternoon tea.

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80 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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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. There is a fairly strong savory or umami flavor, more noticeable than the bitterness which is only subtle and mostly up-front. Finish is clean except that this tea leaves a slightly metallic sensation on the palate, the only downside I found to drinking it.

Resteeps okay, but not quite as well as I'd expect. I prefer going easy on the first steep, 3 minutes or possibly less, if you intend to get a second cup. Once I steeped the first cup for five minutes, wanting a strong cup, and the flavor was pretty spent, leaving a thin second cup.
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57 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
(16 reviews) on
Very fruity. Fairly bitter. Pretty generic overall, a lot like many black teas I've tried.
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80 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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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 very low bitterness or astringency.

I feel like this is a very solid midgrade tea. You really can't go wrong with it, especially considering the cheap price. Adagio is a cool company too, so they're worth supporting.
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