This is the tea version of that little black dress. Very basic, and can go anywhere. My first sip made me think this was a very Tea, tea, most akin to a generic black such as you get from Tetley or Lipton—much, much better mind you, but the kind of tea you can drink alone with just a bit of sweetener, or add milk and it’ll stand up to it, or add ice and makes a very nice cold iced tea. It’s a tea that wears well, that I could imagine enjoying every day, yet I don’t quite put up there with the teas I consider a standout in taste or a treat such as White Peony, some Oolongs, Darjeelings and Assams.
Ceylon, New Vithanakanda Estate, FOP, New Lot
This is a very full-bodied classic Ceylon black tea. It has hints of a sweet, fruity, spicy note (almost like black licorice), and is very aromatic. This is a great everyday Ceylon black tea that is wonderful straight but also takes milk and sugar very well.