What a beautiful coppery liquor! It has a deep aroma of fruit – peach, perhaps? – and spice, and an underlying woodsy quality. The fragrance is quite intriguing and begs me to take a sip. It is quite fragrant for a “unflavored” Ceylon.
The sip begins with a presentation of a fresh, almost-fruit-like taste that tastes a bit like a combination of apricot and black currant. It is slightly sweet and slightly tart. A spice note hits the palate almost immediately after the introduction of the fruit, I wouldn’t describe it as peppery, but more like a warm hint of spice.
The medium-bodied tea has a fair amount of astringency that is slightly drying and possesses a slight bitter note that hits the back of the palate. It is not a strong bitterness nor is it off-putting, in fact, it enhances the overall cup by adding an additional dimension of flavor to the profile. The astringency gives a clean finish with very little aftertaste – leaving just a bit of a smoked wood taste on the tongue.
Drink T describes this tea as
Ceylon is the former name of the island nation Sri Lanka, located just off the southeastern coast of India. The name of the country was changed in 1972 but the teas are still known as Ceylon’s.
The Nuwara Eliya region is home to the highest-situated tea estates in Sri Lanka. Teas from this district have earned the designation “Champagne of Ceylon” teas.
Our Nuwara Eliya is selected from the highest quality leaves. It brews a bright, strong and highly flavorful cup.
When I visited the Drink T website this morning, I could not locate this tea. The package describes this tea as
This rare, black tea puts forward the noblest traits of Ceylon, bright coppery color with a medium body and slightly tart, refreshing taste.
Perhaps it is so rare that it is not currently in stock? I don’t know. But what I do know is that this is quite a complex Ceylon tea – clearly more complex than a standard Ceylon – and certainly worthy of a try. I recommend checking with Drink T regularly and when it is available – get some!
This cup makes a lovely morning or afternoon tea when served hot – I added just a drizzle of agave nectar, but it is quite good without addition as well. This one also takes milk well. It also makes a really invigorating iced tea – I like it with a thin slice of lime! The citrus really brings out some of the nuances of the fruit tastes in this tea. Delightful!