Water: 750ml 212°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, roasty
Steeped Tea Smell: cocoa, roasty, malty
Flavor: slightly astringent, malty black tea
Aftertaste: slightly astringent
Liquor: translucent dark red-brown
This was a tea I had in the morning with breakfast, it was an excellent full bodied kick you into gear drink. It was not in any way remarkable from other high end ceylon teas i have had, but it is a very smooth and nuanced high end ceylon. If you are a fan on ceylon I can not recommend this one more highly. I however am an oolong girl so as much as I enjoyed this, and am presenting it with a full 4/4 leaves ranking, and would love to have it again should the opportunity present itself, I won’t be stocking up on it.
Arbor Teas sent me this sample for free in order for me to review it and get the word out about their teas in October as it is Fair Trade Month. It arrived USPS Priority mail, but had to wait a few days at the post office for me to pick it up. The compostable packages are opaque and have listed suggested steeping parameters and a stapled on paper tag with the specific tea information. They include a note about re-packaging your tea into opaque air-tight containers for longer shelf lives.