Java Malabar Plantation Black Tea

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4 ratings
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Brand:Simpson & Vail
Style:Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:West Java, Indonesia
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Java Malabar Plantation Black Tea

This tea's info last updated: Nov. 6, 2017

Commercial Description

The medium-brown leaves brew to a greenish-brown leaf, with a flowery aroma. The amber cup of Java Kertasarie Estate is medium-bodied, brisker tasting than a Ceylon and has a flavorful infusion with a delightful oak cask aftertaste.

Brewing Instructions: (from Simpson & Vail)

Brew tea at 212ยบ - steep for 3 minutes.

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Reviewer pic75 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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Appearance and aroma bring a Keemun to mind. Woodsy liquor with a solid taste, and nice rich amber color. Malty with a pleasant after taste. I think this will be easy to enjoy anytime of day. I was hesitant to buy this because some of the teas I have tried that are grown outside the 'traditional' regions, can have an astringent quality. I'm happy that this turned out to be a very enjoyable tea.

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Reviewer pic77 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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This tea it good. It's strong and not too bitter. I've tried a lot of other black teas like it. I added cream and sugar.
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Reviewer pic77 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
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Thank you Marlena for sharing this one!

Aroma is unique, and hard to describe, very clean and cool, yet deep. A suggestion of wintergreen, like I've only ever encountered in Ceylon teas from the Uva region. I can see the licorice and grilled vegetables Marlena describes, as well. The aroma suggests savory qualities although there's not much of this in the flavor. Leaves a muted aftertaste in the mouth that I can only think to describe with the color grey.

I would not describe this tea as brisk. This tea, dark and rich as it is, is mostly aroma and has only a very subtle flavor. It has little bitterness and little crispness even. Exceptionally smooth, there are almost no tannic qualities. I find it very unusual to find teas with this sort of darker aroma profile that are so smooth and light in flavor..

I brewed as suggested: 3 minutes with boiling water.

Bottom line? Very interesting tea, and I don't think I would easily grow tired of this one. I'd have to be in the right mood for it, but I can see consuming this tea fairly often. And very reasonable price!
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Reviewer pic70 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
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As it brews, this has a licorice and grilled veggie smell. It is less malty than a Ceylon and a bit tangier. There is a very nice roasted edge to it.
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