I’m nearing the end of my 100g bag, which I’ve had for 7 months now. I wanted to take note of what makes this tea stand out, but upon close inspection, I’m wondering if it’s gone stale already, or if I’m having a bad day, or if it just wasn’t anything special to begin with…

The dry leaf smells, as always, wonderfully of pine and citrus. After a 4m45s steep, I took the chance to admire the steeped leaves’ green and brown coppery gleam. I took a whiff and noticed a savory scent this time—seaweed and Italian spices.

I steeped the tea to a level of bitterness suitable for taking with milk, though I didn’t add any. The astringency was light and stayed mostly on the tip of my tongue, and there was an overall squeaky and clear feeling to the liquid. I wanted to confirm at least one common descriptor given to Ceylons, but it was hard to find anything past the aggressive char and malt. Overall, simply a classic (or less charitably, basic) black tea profile. I plan on trying again some time soon.

Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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