Amba Ceylon OP1

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 10 oz / 295 ml

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  • “Big ol' long leaves just like the picture; I am going to have to _think_ about this one a lot. Steeps to a rich, deep red orange and has the essence of citrus and sweet spice. But not perky...” Read full tasting note
    gmathis 1737 tasting notes
  • “I was surprised to discover that I hadn't already rated this lovely Ceylon so here it goes: In my book, this is the archetype of a high quality Ceylon. You get what you see: the hand rolled...” Read full tasting note
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    dcs121989 35 tasting notes
  • “Long time, no see. I've been away, and when I wasn't, I was at work. So there. Unfortunately I didn't have much time to drink tea either. I tried a few new ones though, and I'll try to write notes...” Read full tasting note
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    poziomka 218 tasting notes
  • “Good morning Steepster! This is such a delicious Ceylon, normally I'm not a fan of Ceylons, I can find them too bitter and wine-y. This has such a delicious flavor profile of cherry and a bit of...” Read full tasting note
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    amyoh2 2474 tasting notes

From Single Origin Teas

This tea comes from one of the few artisanal tea producers in Sri Lanka. It is also the finest example of terroir in Sri Lanka. We feel it accurately represents the Uva climate in this diverse country; the high altitude and harsh drought conditions this estate faces create a unique and unrivaled quality. These stressful growing conditions are then complimented with a fine level of plucking: one leaf and one bud. Hand rolled, fermented and dried, this tea receives a level of care that is close to devotion. We believe this tea to be our finest!

Amba is prized because of the unique, menthol almost eucalyptus aroma from the leaves. Add a maraschino cherry sweetness with the classic citrus undertones of Sri lanka and you experience a very complex cup of tea!

Uva is one of the many premier tea regions of Sri Lanka. This highly mountainous region proves ideal for tea. Across the valley from Amba one can see Lipton’s Seat, one of the best view points in Sri Lanka.

While not certified; we know Amba to be an organic tea estate. Located at the top of the Ravana Ella falls, Amba looks out over a dramatic tableau of the Sri Lankan mountains, and is truly the perfect place for growing tea. It is operated by an aid worker, Beverly, who utilizes her knowledge of Sri Lanka to bring economic development to the region of Ambadandegama, as well as several charities around the area and in Colombo.

One of the classics, this is what an Uva Ceylon can and should taste like! We would urge you first to try it without milk, as its delicious nature deserves to be appreciated on its own

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8 Tasting Notes

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Big ol’ long leaves just like the picture; I am going to have to think about this one a lot. Steeps to a rich, deep red orange and has the essence of citrus and sweet spice. But not perky cinnamon-orangey. Deep, dark spice. Nutmeg, maybe.

For sure, it’ll change any preconceived notions you have about Ceylon teas!

Sil

Hmmmm you’ve intrigued me :)

gmathis

Thanks! As well-steeped as you are, I take that as a compliment of the highest order.

yyz

Interesting. I have a Ceylon that believe it or not I brew gongfu style. It’s syrupy and fruity. This one sounds lovely.

Nicole

I am not a Ceylon person, but I recall liking this one.

ashmanra

I dislike high altitude Ceylons but love low altitude ones. This sounds like my cup o’ tea!

Sil

haha i haven’t tried a lot of teas… still so many to explore! but i’ve sort of stayed away from most ceylons (straight) so i’m intrigued enough to add to the list to try later!

gmathis

I think Ceylons get a bad rap because the description shows up on so many cheap B-grade teabags.

Sil

probably :(

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I was surprised to discover that I hadn’t already rated this lovely Ceylon so here it goes:

In my book, this is the archetype of a high quality Ceylon.

You get what you see: the hand rolled leaves you see in the image are exactly what you get, once steeped they unfurl and give off that wonderful earthy-Ceylon smell. None of that menthol aroma on these tea leaves.

This tea has both earthy and floral notes, and its a lovely amber color. As the tea cools the earthiness becomes more predominant. When piping hot – my favorite way to drink tea – the steam an floral aroma mix and its not so bad to be awake in the early morning. The smooth floral flavor has an elusive hint of fruit that I just cant put my finger on.

This also makes a delicious iced tea with or without lemon.

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Long time, no see. I’ve been away, and when I wasn’t, I was at work. So there. Unfortunately I didn’t have much time to drink tea either. I tried a few new ones though, and I’ll try to write notes about some of them.

This tea completely surprised me because it’s really a ceylon. And I never thought a ceylon could taste like this. Very malty with the best bitterness that I have experienced in tea. It’s a kind of bitterness you would get from honey, where you can almost taste the pollen and this honey’s very early planty origin. I am probably not expressing myself clear but OH WELL. ;D It was bittersweet, like the most beautiful goodbyes – does that make more sense?

Anyway, I really loved this tea and I will be definitely getting more of it. It resteeps fairly well, too, although loses a bit of its beauty in the process. I also think that I have to revise my approach towards ceylons. They are not all boring…

Thank you, Single Origin Teas, for sending me a generous sample to try!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

Nice to se you back, Kat_Maria :-)

Kat_Maria

Awww, thank you :) I always miss Steepster more than I think I would.

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Good morning Steepster!
This is such a delicious Ceylon, normally I’m not a fan of Ceylons, I can find them too bitter and wine-y. This has such a delicious flavor profile of cherry and a bit of menthol. It’s also “hefty” and has great body which is not something I normally associate with a Ceylon.

SOT says: One of the classics, this is what an Uva Ceylon can and should taste like!

I agree, it puts most of the other Ceylons I’ve had to shame. Evidently I’ve been drinking crap Ceylons but this is one I will gladly restock once it runs out. I’m also excited to be getting a couple of other things from them (hopefully this week).

There’s one other Ceylon that I liked equally as much and that was the Sam Bodhi by Palais de Thes. I just haven’t bothered restocking it that one because there weren’t too many other things from Palais de Thes that really “wowed” me & you have to spend $75 to get free shipping.

I’m still sick, although I am feeling like I’m a bit on the mend. I hope I survive the day, as I have writing class tonight that goes until 9 pm.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

on to the wishlist hahaha

Veronica

I’m getting a SOT order together. I may add this to it.

Cameron B.

I’m glad you’re starting to feel better finally. :)

TeaBrat

Veronica & Sil – you need some. he he he!
Cameron – TY!

yyz

Glad your feeling a little better. I love cherry notes in Ceylon’s. My Lumbini estate one fits that need for me right now but maybe I’ll try some from this estate in the future!

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