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Ceylon Tea OPA

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Brand:Ahmad Tea
Style:Ceylon Black Tea
Region:Sri Lanka / Ceylon

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This tea's info last updated: Nov. 30, 2011

Commercial Description

This unique leaf style is the largest grade of tea avaliable from Sri Lanka. These teas are grown on the hillsides of the island and produce a drink of light colour and flavour.

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80 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
(66 reviews) on
Very impressed with quality and value of this tea. Ahmad teas continues to surprise me with nice flavors and aromas that more expensive brands often miss. I first came across their Darjeeling, which has become a staple when I visit my local Indian Market, and have since had the chance to try a variety of their other teas. This Ceylon OPA ranks favorably, with a subtle and light flavor for short steeps (2.5 to 3 minutes) and darker, bolder color and flavor for longer steeps (5 to 7 minutes).

Slight roasted taste with tones of raisin or dried fruit. Slight bitterness and astringency, but clean and smooth overall. Reminiscent of some Keemun teas I have tried, but definitely a quality black Ceylon tea with briskness and good flavor.
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93 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
(8 reviews) on
I love this tea. It has a rich, full, smooth flavor, but at the same time clean and not too heavy. I steep it for 6-8 minutes and drink it with milk and sugar.
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77 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
(142 reviews) on
I tried a sample of this tea and liked the taste, which was stronger than most basic blacks I've had. I really appreciate the reasonable prices of Ahmad Teas, and plan to be buying and sampling more from them soon.
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80 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
(50 reviews) on
Great value! Good price, good taste, but their Ceylon tea is better. I'm really impressed with Ahmad Teas.
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67 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
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This tea is mostly good, but it has a slight vegetal flavor and aroma that I don't like so much. I added cream and sugar.
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83 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
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This tea is yet another amazing find for me of a tea offering truly exceptional value. After being seriously impressed with Ahmad Tea's Kalami Assam, I decided to check out this tea, an even larger-leaf black tea that was only very slightly higher in price.

The dry leaf is huge, among the largest I have seen of any black tea, although the leaves are mostly broken in two or more pieces. What looks like a whole-leaf tea is actually a broken-leaf tea with immense leaves. The dry leaf is pleasingly aromatic, with strong tones of dried fruit, a little lighter than a fruity Keemun. The leaf is very slow to infuse so I recommend a very long steeping time (5-8 minutes works well).

Brewed cup is much more aromatic than the dry leaf: predominately fruity and malty, with a complexity that includes tones of cocoa, raisins, and a slight burnt quality. Flavor is moderately bitter and somewhat tangy, but clean. There's a rather metallic aftertaste. One thing I like a lot about this tea is that it is much more bitter than it is astringent: one can steep it for a very long time and use a generous quantity of leaf, attaining a strongly bitter cup that still has relatively little astringency.

I do not find the commercial description accurate, this tea brewed a dark color and was rich and intense, although less so than the Assam. But this is perhaps due to how I brew it. If you are up for it, this would be an outstanding black tea to use for multiple infusions because its leaves are so slow to release their flavor.

Bottom line? This tea is really, really good, competing among some of the best black teas, yet with a very reasonable price point: I think it offers truly exceptional value.
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