One of my favorite black teas. All the caffeine with a smooth taste. Not bitter, unless you steep for too long
“I’m in a no-frills mood today. My husband had knee surgery on Monday, so I’m pretty much running dead on my feet. I need the warmth, the simplicity, the
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“Almost a sipdown on this one today — two cups worth left. This has been languishing in my desk drawer for a while, so I might take it home and finish it off this weekend. Then I can replace...” Read full tasting note
“I’d rather drink Adagio’s Irish Breakfast. I’m not sure what’s going on in this one but it seems like some thing is wrong. I find that "tea" taste with quite a bit...” Read full tasting note
“Another sample comes to an end. I’m digging this more than usual this morning, I usually prefer Ceylons cold, and like to drink maltier blacks hot.” Read full tasting note
Black tea from Sri Lanka. In colonial times, this island-nation was known as Ceylon. This name is still used to describe all teas grown here. Ceylon tea is bright and lively, with a wonderfully delicate flavor. The ‘Ceylon Sonata’ is the finest grade tea from the renowned Kenilworth estate, located in Sri Lanka’s Kandy region. The perfect afternoon tea.
Steep at 212° for 3-5 minutes.
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Dry, the leaves smell citrus and grapefruit-y with a little sweet malty. I try to not oversteep black teas, since I’m sensitive to the bitterness that develops. This had none of it. I’m not too sure how to recommend it, since it doesn’t have a lot of complexity to ponder. A little bit of citrus, malt and fruit in the taste and aroma. I’m a simple girl. I have a fondness for simple, drama-free things. And that’s what I’m getting from it. I can see mixing this with other flavors (which I suppose is what Adagio does).
This initial order (#teanewbie) from Adagio was to help me weed thru some of the WIDE variety of tea styles, so I can find the families I enjoy. So I’m glad I tried this, since now I want to try more Ceylons.
Smooth, delicious and not bitter at all. Just enough citrus to notice but not overwhelming. Great both hot and cool. Read the full review here: http://www.abbisiler.com/tea/ceylon-sonata-adagio-teas
this is my go to “Plain” tea, not too harsh, not too dry. and almost impervious to an over steep. once my liter nalgene full got cold, throughout a day of drinking it on and off, i squeezed a wedge of lemon in, tossed it in the freezer for 30 minutes, and it was then iced tea.
The final specimen from that Raja sampler set. Gentle, light, and doesn’t seem to hold up too well for reinfusions. This is a fairly standard black tea; nothing too elegant.
NB: I made this note while sipping the first reinfusion (both at 4m, ~100°C).
EDIT: It does have a nice, mild sweetness that I hadn’t caught earlier.