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I bought the loose leaf tea, which came in the coolest. tea. tin. evah. It has an airlock-type top – one outer lid like a dome on top of the opening, and an inner lid which fits tightly into the opening, with a neat little button handle on top so that you don’t have to pry the lid out with a screwdriver.
The tea itself is very finely cut, with some dust. Truly, it looks like the same particle size I would expect to see if I tore open a teabag. It took me about 4 tries to make a palatable cup of tea. The loose leaf teas I have been using lately are all much coarser, and I wound up using way too much of the Dilmah leaf for my first few tries. I ended up using one level teaspoon, about 2 grams, in an infuser set in a one pint teapot.
The resulting tea was very dark and a little murky with sediment. I found the color improved as the tea settled. Despite the infuser, a lot of tiny leaves escaped and settled to the bottom of the pot. The resulting tea flavor is classic Ceylon: bright and citrus-y, with a spicy, almost pepper-y finish.
For comparison, I made a pot of my current favorite, Adagio’s Ceylon Sonata, which is a much coarser tea, with long, slender strands of leaf, and little dust. I use a longer brew time (5 minutes) for this tea, and I made it as I ordinarily would, with about a tablespoon of leaf. The Adagio tea compares favorably with the Dilmah – the Adagio is more fragrant, somewhat smoother tasting, still very bright, with a clearer, more reddish liquor and far less sediment. It seems to lack the peppery finish that the Dilmah tea has. At $4.99 for a 125g tin, compared to $7 per 4 oz tin for Adagio, the Dilmah tea is an excellent value and well worth a spot on my shelf.
The leafs look very appealing. The odor is very enchanting…lots of citrus, very fruity, very promising.
However after my first brew done with water on boiling point I had to hold on to myself to not spit it out immediately.
The tea takes an immense grasp on one’s tongue and as soon as the tea has reached the stormach a nauseous feeling is on approach. I went on in reducing the portion of leafs for the next brew and kept going with boiling water…same result.
Then I started to reduce the water temperature and came to the conclusion that this blend only is drinkable below 70degrees Celcius. It mildens the tea a lot and even gets a bit of sweet, charming aftertaste out of it.
Now, during writing this, I secretly hope someone from Dilmah gets to read this…lol…
Anyways, the moral of this, my dear folks is: never give up and take up with the challenge!
Dilmah is delicious!
Clean and well-balanced, this premium black tea is very easy to drink. It tastes great all the way through the cup, with the just the right amount of strength and tannin.
After tasting it plain, I like to add a little milk and sugar to my black tea… just a pinch of sugar went a long way to really brighten this one up.
If I had an everyday black tea, this one would be my top choice.
Reminiscent of a very high quality Darjeeling, but with stronger tannins. The flavor blooms and expands in your mouth. Woodsy, oak-like scent to the dry leaf and liquor. Light like a Darjeeling or a crisp Chardonnay, but fully flavored with layers of depth in taste and aroman