Premium Leaf Tea

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Brand:Dilmah
Style:Ceylon Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Sri Lanka / Ceylon
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Premium Leaf Tea

This tea's info last updated: Mar. 10, 2015

Commercial Description

Pure Ceylon Broken Orange Pekoe produces a pleasing brew. Medium strength with body and structure. This is a wonderful embodiment of Ceylon Tea, with a fine balance strength, aroma and brightness...

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Reviewer pic65 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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I'm reviewing the version of their loose-leaf "Premium" that comes in a 400g resealable plastic sack, which I got new/unopened at an estate sale. The leaves are very finely chopped, small, almost granular, as if they were part of a mechanical, one-size-fits-all process for both bagged and loose-leaf offerings. The wording on the container bag basically admits this: "Dilmah is packed in the most advanced factory using high-speed automated machinery...". So I suspect there's no real difference between bagged and loose-leaf version of this, except for the fixed allocation that comes with a single-serve bag.

The advantage is that I can dole out a larger amount for a stronger brew, as is customary with me and loose leaves. So it was. The loose-leaf aroma (sniffing the container) was mild and plain, but pleasant and reasonably fresh. I can say the same about the flavor, after watching the tea brew up through an initial orange color to a deep, dense orange-brown with time. With mild teas, steeping a finely chopped leaf for a long time seems to max out the flavor one can extract. In the end it was a moderately robust, about average Ceylon taste and body, a generally pleasant drink, with no particularly outstanding flavors other than straight tea. If I try hard, I might infer some smoke and/or woody essence.

In short, this is a decent "daily tea" type drink, if you can find it at an inexpensive price, better than, say, a Lipton or Twinings Ceylon, but it's not premium in quality. The experience was very much akin to, but a notch below, the similarly mass-packaged, finely chopped Tea Tang Nuwara Eliya product I reviewed here a few years ago.

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Reviewer pic70 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
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Dilmah, in their marketing, make a lot of noise about the freshness of their teas due to packaging within days of picking, and with their standard "Premium" offering it really does have a freshness distinct from most of the other big producers. The Premium in truth is an Orange Pekoe and exhibits that wonder deep orange colour. The taste is fairly full bodied, more so than most Orange Pekoes and also demonstrates the blend's refreshing notes. This has been my standard "supermarket tea" for many years now, and perfect for a good, no-nonsense, traditional brew.
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