Nuwara Eliya Courtlodge

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Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
Region: Nuwara Eliya
Grade: FBOP (Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe)
Altitude: 6100 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: Orthodox
Cup Characteristics: A top Ceylon tea estate. The cup is light with excellent flavor. Nuwara Eliya teas are called the
‘champagne of Ceylon’. Enjoyed any time of the day.
Infusion: Bright and coppery
Ingredients: Luxury black tea.

Courtlodge is in the Nuwara Eliya district of Sri Lanka. The estate has consistently produced some of the best teas in Sri Lanka over the years. The bright light liquoring tea has the point, astringency and lively flavour that has made “Ceylon” teas favoured the world over. The Nuwara Eliya district is in the central part of the island of Sri Lanka, straddling the ‘island divide’. In February the northwest monsoons create a rain shadow effect on the western side of Nuwara Eliya (the side where Courtlodge is situated) resulting in peak or seasonal quality during this time. The eastern side of the Nuwara Eliya district peaks in quality during August when the southwest monsoons create a rain shadow effect on the eastern side.

Sri Lanka is the largest single exporter of tea in the world. The country exports some 450 million pounds annually grown on half a million acres of land. Until 1869 Sri Lanka was principally a coffee exporter but a coffee blight wiped out the island’s coffee bushes. The area was replanted with tea by the British to serve to burgeoning tea market in Europe, Britain and the British colonies. During late 1960’s early 1980’s government ownership began to take its toll. There was little re-investment in upgrading of factories and maintenance of the bushes. As a result, by the end of the 80’s, yield per acre had fallen dramatically. Luckily this has not had an affect on quality for the high altitude tea estates.

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2859 tasting notes

I was reaching for the Laoshan Black, but then I thought to myself, “Quit copying Sil”. So I looked around to see what I hadn’t drank for awhile, & this Ceylon was it.

I’m not a huge ceylon fan, I admit it. It tastes like tea. Just plain old tea. Like the kind we all drank when we were kids, like lipton, or something. I want to dye eggs or white fabric in it. It doesn’t have all the malty, chocolatey nuances I tend to reach for. It’s a light & refined tea, & I’m into bold & deep. Ceylon is royalty, I’m a pirate.

BUT regardless of that, this is a high quality tea with a bit of a citrus-ness & maybe a little allspice. I overleafed a bit, & I think I’ll do so from now as, as that added a little thickness to the brew.

TastyBrew

Ha! This made me smile. I had a similar thought a few days ago. I made my Father in law some LB and was excited to share some unique tea with him. After a few sips in he politely asked me to make him some “real” tea. AKA, ceylon. I love him to death and he’s the only person in the family I can talk tea with, but only as long as we’re talking about Ceylon :-)

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1012 tasting notes

I’m working on blog stuff woot! I’m moving Oolong Owl from wordpress.com (freebie blogging site) to my own website with tons more control, space and freedom.

I made a pot of this black, as it’s a pretty good black (in my limited experience in unflavored blacks) and I was expecting I’d need a boost in caffeine in case of explosions. There was a few explosions – pictures went missing, then lost posts. Then I got it all back. Then I discovered I need to download plugins because everything looks like crap. Then weeding through plugins that won’t work, are too crazy, or want money.
The NECL was good, crisp, earthy and got cold fast – I also mostly mindlessly sipped away all the tea while I worked.

More fun was my host providered called me to say hello and upsell crap. He asked, “so, what is your website?” I’m “Lots of tea. And crocheted owls trying to steal my tea.” Kind of blew his mind there.

edit: I think I drank too much (plus I don’t often drink this much black tea) I’m freaking jittering all over the place! OOOh yeah!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I’m cracking up picturing the host caller’s face! :-)

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4710 tasting notes

I had this earlier today and while it wasn’t a bad black, there are so very many more out there that I vastly prefer to this one. I like my black morning teas to be bold and robust and announce their presence! This one did not….but it was still a decent cup of tea. Thanks Terri!

Terri HarpLady

yeah, this one doesn’t float my boat either…

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1195 tasting notes

First tea I am trying from the returned traveling tea box!!!

It just felt like a Ceylon day, and I love me an estate Ceylon.

This one is a lot more subtle than others I’ve had, there is absolutely nothing brisk about it. It actually tastes more like a Darjeeling, minus any astringency. It’s very citrusy, definitely orange, with just a slight hint of flowers.

Very, very clean on the palate. Super smooth, too.

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

Yay! You got the box!

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464 tasting notes

Here’s hoping tea box

full-bodied soprano of a tea. Shimmering high notes with a fruity low range. A beautiful song of a tea.

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616 tasting notes

Tea #7 from HHTTB2

Single estate Ceylon tea was my gateway tea to single estate Darjeelings. I know they’re not really anything alike, but it was kind of a ‘If these are that much better, I wonder what a tea I really enjoy is like’. And I’ve never really looked back. So drinking this now, is kind of like going back to my roots even though I’ve never had this particular tea before.

It’s a very light (tasting) Ceylon, far more delicate than I was expecting (but not in a watered down way). It’s just a touch brisk, with notes of orange and citrus. There’s a little but of floral sweetness I typically associate with Darjeelings. Very clean, minimal astringency, and super smooth. This was a really pleasant and surprising cup.

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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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471 tasting notes

Thank you for this generous sample Meeka

I’ve never had a straight Ceylon before, only in blends. I can’t comment on the quality as I don’t know how a Ceylon is supposed to be, but I can at least say that it is tasty.

Fruity, smooth, not so bold; a comfortable cup of black tea for when one is not feeling daring :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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1291 tasting notes

From the HH teabox – thanks again everyone! I don’t have Ceylon blends often, maybe because I prefer other black bases. This one isn’t bad but it is a little mild flavored! I think too mild even for me to give a description! Well if it’s the champagne of tea, then I couldn’t really describe champagnes separately either!

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Thanks Pekko Teas for the sample! It felt more like getting a gift than a tea sample with the tissue paper and gold packaging :P

Loved this tea – this is the third time I’ve made it. The second time I steeped it a bit too long and it got bitter — I think the sweet spot is definitely closer to the 3 1/2 min mark. It has a bit of the floral-y sweetness of a Darjeeling (I could call it muscatel but I would be lying if I said I knew exactly what that meant for the flavor). Definitely an afternoon tea for me – not quite as heavy as my Assams or Yunnan blacks – which today is a good thing.

I enjoyed this while working outside on my laptop and listening to variations on one of my favorite songs, Canon in D. Yay Friday!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Tea #40 from the Here’s Hoping TTB

I’m not familiar with Pekko Teas, although I do have one of their teas currently in my cupboard I haven’t tried yet. I was glad to see another of their teas in the TTB so I could get a better picture of the quality of the teas they carry; it’s really hard to get a complete picture based off of only one tea. I found this to be a bit more mild that I prefer in a straight black tea, I prefer more of a bold yunnan, however I did enjoy the sweetness of it. Now I need to get off my rear end and try the Jasmine Dragon Tears that I bought from QueenofTarts. awhile back.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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