Ceylon Estate

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Brand:Octavia Tea
Style:Ceylon Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Uva, Sri Lanka
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Ceylon Estate

This tea's info last updated: Feb. 13, 2018

Commercial Description

...this “extra special” grade boasts a beautiful appearance with abundant golden tips. This bright, copper-colored cup has a full-bodied mouthfeel, a lively, caramelized-honey fragrance and deep, malty and complex notes of dry dark chocolate, chestnuts, wood, spice and a hint of ripe fruit.

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Reviewer pic93 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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I loved this tea; it was one of the best Ceylons I've ever sampled. Robust, warming, and surprisingly multifaceted.

Dry leaf has a very pleasant smell, suggestive of dried fruit.

Brews a lighter reddish-brown color; rich and complex aroma, suggesting wood, spice, dried fruit, and malt. I find the commercial description spot-on. It's ever-so-slightly smoky, and it does have a slight burnt quality to it, almost like burnt honey. Flavor is strongly savory/umami (unusually so for a black tea) and only moderately bitter and sour...the bitterness comes in the finish, rather than as an up-front bite.

I steeped 3 minutes, and then 5 minutes. The second cup was as flavorful and rich as the first, and had tones of clove and burnt toast.

The dry leaf still smelled quite strong, and I suspect I may have been able to brew a third cup (quite unusual for a black tea), but this tea was strong enough that I felt satisfied and did not.

Pricey for a Ceylon, but definitely well worth every penny, especially given how many cups you can brew with the leaf.
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