8 Tasting Notes

75

This is a decent basic tea. It tastes of tea and has a little oak that lingers on the finish.Smooth and balanced with a nice silky medium bodied feel.Nothing complicated about it at all.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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81
drank mahagastotte by Dilmah
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Sadly I only really worked out how to brew this toward the end of the tin. Similar to Lover’s Leap with that clear light high grown quality but when overbrewed this one really does become minerally and metallically bitter. Time it right and you have an exceptional tea. The older wiser me will be looking out for some higher quality leaf version of this in the coming months.I don’t think dilmah are doing this range any more but my partner may be able to fetch some back iin the Autumn.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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84

Once I got used to brewing this and having it black I really enjoyed it. It’s a classic high grown ceylon (at least that’s what I realise now) .Clean clear light flavours and a threat of astringency if you oversteep it.I’m not sure I’d compare it to Darjeeling from the limited experience I have so far. This seems cleaner and clearer but less complex. These high grown ceylons seem like perfect refreshing afternoon teas to me. Crisp ,clean and not overcluttered.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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82
drank Somerset Estate by Dilmah
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A nice warming rounded brew,makes a good afternoon tea but really needs to be drank black. Not as refined as the high growns but more warming and less likely to get tannic on you if you over steep it.The leaves are reasonably chunky BOP.I expect they’d need bigger bags if they used bigger pieces!

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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78

Of the single estate teas I brought back from Sri Lanka this one went first. It’s a low grown but doesn’t have the depth and weight of some of the Ruhunu teas like Lumbini and New Vithekande which I’ve discovered since.At the time I preferred it to the higher grown teas but I’ve since learned that really Lover’s Leap and Mahadagotte are far better drunk black.Would pick this up again if I found a tin.All these dilmah tins are great for storage. The double lids make a very reliable seal.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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75
drank Nuwara Eliya by MlesnA
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Excellent afternoon tea.Refreshing,medium strength/body,works black,with milk or with lemon.The BOP are small particles so needs carefully short steeping to avoid excess tannins.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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80

Fresh stock from a small specialist company that focuses on Ceylon Single Estate teas.
Leaves: Fairly small/dark with a lovely sweet cocoa powder aroma
Nose: When brewed,mild ,sweet grass,cocoa dust and a hint of light tobacco,more lemon verbana on 2nd steep.
Taste:Mild with a grassy sweetness, medium bodied,becomes more floral as it cools,dash of fresh lemon.
Finish:Nice lingering cocoa aftertaste.
Good for two steeps this is a pleasant,easy going tea.Not a tea that will ever get top ratings as it’s not hugely complex but the sort of brew you can go back to andf enjoy again and again when you just want a well made refreshing drink.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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75
drank Loolecondera BOPF by MlesnA
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Picked a tin of this up in Sri Lanka.Brewed strong with a dash of milk it reminded me of the tea my grandma used to make in the 70’s.Flavoursome but without the weight and body of modern UK brand blends.The BOPF in this is close to dust but for an afternoon cuppa with milk and no navel gazing it hits the mark.Very refreshing and quite crisp.Brews quickly (2/3 mins) gets tannic if left longer.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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Brought up on strong English tea with milk. Recently getting more interested in black tea following a visit to Sri Lanka and a bit of web browsing.
Ratings: Below 60 Not good
60-70 Good solid tea
70-80 Getting interesting
80-90 A bit special
90-100 Outstanding
There’s a time and a place for any tea above 60 which makes the number thing a bit of a mockery…

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