I just reviewed the Organic Ceylon Black from Butiki and while this may not be a “side by side” comparison – its close – a “one after the other” comparison. :)
So this one here – again a nice clear cup slightly darker and just SLIGHTLY more “murky” perhaps but still a nice clear amber cup. A brownish amber.
There is a bit of astringency in this one. But not a bad astringency. Before I was a daily loose leaf tea drinker and still on the bag I expected astringency. Then once I began drinking loose leaf I thought for a while astringency was a bad thing. Then of course I learned that its not – not always anyway. And now I know the difference between “good” astringency and “bad” astringency.
So this has a good astringency but its not strong.
Actually I think my uncle and mother would like this one a bit more – this is a bit more robust and more like what they are used to – only good haha.
See my review on the Organic Ceylon to see what I am referring to about my mother and uncle.
Anyway this does also not quite have the berry note I was getting in the organic.
Still it is juicy and bright.
I think since this is a tad more robust it would make for an even better iced tea.
I think the organic I would have to cold brew or make double strength as the norm when making iced tea but with this one, I could almost just toss the ice in the cup as is and it would hold up well.
I think this would be AMAZING with a lemon wedge and sugar, iced in a glass!
Regardless, a good Ceylon. I like it.
For me, I would go with the organic – it just has a little more complexity to it IMO.
ETA: When it cools – the malty notes come forth! CHARGE!!!! :)