Hapjan Purbat BOP-CTC

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Very fine CTC Assam black tea with a sweetness like ripe fruits.

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Yeah, woke up to more snow this morning. Not cool. Well, technically, it is very cool. Cold even. But yeah. I’m not impressed.

Anyway, on to tea. I will admit, I’m intrigued by CTC leaf. Yeah, yeah, I know. It’s not the good stuff – orthodox is better. And I’d agree with that. But that doesn’t mean that some CTC isn’t good. Or at the very least interestingly novel. And so I think it has a place, though perhaps just a small one, in my tea pantry.

This is only the second loose CTC I’ve had and this one, so far, is better than the Tanzania Black from The London Tea Room. I added a little sugar (1/2 teaspoon) and some milk (maybe a full teaspoon) to my 12 oz. There is a little more depth to the taste compared to the Tanzania Black – less full on, flat cardboard. This is definitely stout but also I can see the ripe fruit sweet thing Lupicia mentions in their tasting note and I think that is what adds that extra dimension to this. I don’t know if I would have gone so far as to peg it as ripe fruits, but I can connect the lighter, sweeter top note layered over the malty as perhaps being associated with juicy plums or perhaps dark berries.

I don’t think I’ll be switching my entire tea selection over to CTC any time soon or anything, but I think this is a good, interesting (for what it is), solid cup that will be good for breakfast and my work commute. Mind you, with the weather today, my commute so far ain’t happening.

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I love how detailed your tasting notes are.
I’ll send you some sun from Greenland… somehow our islands has been covered in sunshine since monday. We can’t go out skiing – there is not enough snow. I envy you, if that’s some sort of comfort. ;)


Thanks for the compliment! And I envy you and your sun! Apparently it is supposed to snow all day. Sounds like we need to trade weather! :)


I think you guys down south stole the cold weather from Greenland and Canada! The snow’s all melted here in B.C. too – some of the ski hills for the Olympics are having to truck in snow and other crazy stuff! 0_o


Please, take the snow back! We have so much out there this morning! AUGH!

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My 17th tea from The Book of Tea! It’s also my second CTC tea. I know, I know, CTC is generally used for tea leaves of lower quality… but guess what, I like CTC tea, at least this one and Kilimanjaro (also from Lupicia)! This tea had a decidedly fruity aroma, whether dry or steeped. The fruity flavour was rich in the liquor too – the tea could be described as on the sweet side by the standard of black tea. It reminded me of plum, though I believe it’s more because of its dark brown liquor rather than its actual taste :P I did detect mild bitterness in the tea; I wasn’t sure whether it’s because I had oversteeped it accidentally. But still, it’s an enjoyable cup. Would make a lovely companion for scones!

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