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It seems that I am discovering a newfound love for Ceylon teas so please excuse me while I drool over this for a while, a delightful sample pack from H & S which I received yesterday. My first Ceylon from Kenilworth as far as I know.

I steeped this via regular teapot method this morning. The leaf of this tea smells absolutely fruity, cherries, berries, a red wine type of juicy fullness. I decided I had to drink the first cup of this plain to see how it is by itself.

Holy Wow Batman! My cup is an exceptionally smooth, dark and chocolate-y elixir with a slight malt aroma. I might have used a bit too much leaf because this is quite strong, but good. If I made this again I would definitely use a bit less leaf. I am picking up on a bit of briskness at the end, a slight bit of tannin, but it does not seem overwhelming. I did take off a few points for the tannins (because I am a wuss with acid reflux) but this could be my fault for the overzealous water to leaf ratio. More experiments clearly need to be done!

I guess there is a reason why the Kenilworth Garden is so very famous. I’m a little saddened that I only got the sample pack of this but luckily I know where to get more. A definite yum in my book.
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ashmanra

I bought this one because my hubby mostly just drinks Ceylons. We like it a lot, more than Uva Highlands, I think.

TeaBrat

If I get more, I will need to be a bit gentle… :)

ashmanra

He adds gobs of sugar and milk! LOL! He has only just started liking green and puerh tea, so I am slowly getting him off of so much sugar!

TeaBrat

I don’t add sugar to anything but I can see how this would be a great tea to drink with lots of sugar and milk!

ScottTeaMan

I’ve never had H & S version, because it is quite a bit more expensive than Upton’s which is very good! It’s funny you mentioned cherries & berries. I actually got sweet rosey notes. Nowhere near as strong as their Rose Conguo of course, but much more subtle.

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ashmanra

I bought this one because my hubby mostly just drinks Ceylons. We like it a lot, more than Uva Highlands, I think.

TeaBrat

If I get more, I will need to be a bit gentle… :)

ashmanra

He adds gobs of sugar and milk! LOL! He has only just started liking green and puerh tea, so I am slowly getting him off of so much sugar!

TeaBrat

I don’t add sugar to anything but I can see how this would be a great tea to drink with lots of sugar and milk!

ScottTeaMan

I’ve never had H & S version, because it is quite a bit more expensive than Upton’s which is very good! It’s funny you mentioned cherries & berries. I actually got sweet rosey notes. Nowhere near as strong as their Rose Conguo of course, but much more subtle.

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Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

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