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While re-filling some of my small work tins from my larger storage tins at home, I found a sample of this tea that I’d forgotten. I just brewed it up and am having my first cup as I write this note. My black tea preferences run Second Flush Darjeeling > Assam > Ceylon > First Flush Darjeeling with a preference for Assams in the morning and Ceylons and Darjeelings in the afternoon, and this tea will get a place in my cupboard in the future. I’m not as enamored with it as I am with the New Vithanakande that has, until this point, been my lone Ceylon tea, but it is solid tea on its own merits. If this tea and one of my Assams were both beers, this tea would be a black lager to the Assam’s stout. I can taste a hint of the malt of an Assam in it, but that hint never develops into a true malty swirl in this tea. I could see this becoming a brunch tea for me and a tea to share with friends who do not like the strength of an Assam.

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Bonnie

Do you ever drink other types of tea? Chinese Black Tea’s, pu-erh’s? Oolongs?

Patrick M. McLeod

I am branching out, Bonnie. Very slowly! Keemun and Ceylons are in my near future.

Bonnie

Reading your reviews again, I occurs to me that some of the tea’s from Nepal which are Assam/Darjeeling-like and would probably fit your taste from what I’ve read. (I’m more of a later Autumn and Monsoon Darjeeling Tea drinker myself)

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Bonnie

Do you ever drink other types of tea? Chinese Black Tea’s, pu-erh’s? Oolongs?

Patrick M. McLeod

I am branching out, Bonnie. Very slowly! Keemun and Ceylons are in my near future.

Bonnie

Reading your reviews again, I occurs to me that some of the tea’s from Nepal which are Assam/Darjeeling-like and would probably fit your taste from what I’ve read. (I’m more of a later Autumn and Monsoon Darjeeling Tea drinker myself)

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