Organic Ceylon Black Tips

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Astringent, Cream, Herbs, Leather, Lemon, Malt, Straw, Toast, Walnut, Wood
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Flavor Profile:Bright, fruity aroma. Full-bodied yet light with mild astringency. Can be enjoyed with or without milk.

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1112 tasting notes

Another one of my 2 pack specials ;) I originally got it to make classic iced tea with, but I thought I’d try it hot today since I was in the mood for an afternoon cuppa with milk and sugar. It was really lovely that way. Light, and I imagine it would go lovely with a pastry, as it had a bready quality. It didn’t taste bright or lemony to me at all, which is making me wonder if it will be suitable for iced tea after all! In any event, I’ll have no trouble drinking it hot in the afternoon. It’s perfect that way.

I also have to note how nice the tin is. Double lidded, and the inner lid has a wee knob which helps to remove it (and looks adorable). There is ribbon on the tin – just a very pleasing package!

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

I like those tins, ToT has great tea too. :))


the black tips from TOT is good…but the Ceylon Akuressa estate they carry is amazing…rich, clean, almost notes of sea salt from its seaside face….worth the try

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I’m so happy the ’Here’s Hoping’ Traveling Tea box included several Black Teas I haven’t tried yet! Most of which I am only having a cups-worth and sending the rest along the way so others can enjoy, too! I assume JacquelineM was the one who added this one because she, too, added tasting notes to this one, as well as the loose leaf being in the little plastic containers that are super cute! Thanks!

This is robust and astringent in a good way! A FAB Morning Tea – it really whacked me in the face – just what I needed this morning!

A special shoutout this morning to SIL
I started posting early just for you!!!
I tip my tea cup to you!


WOOT! and here’s me totally late with my postings haha stupid work


LOL – no prob! It’s been weird so far for me today too! Oye!

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This is a really solid, well-rounded rich black tea. I love the big leaf twist. Balanced. A perfumed woody character plays of the slight bitterness and gives a honeydew sweetness. A basic, morning black that’s very clean and delicious.

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For the past couple of days, I have been taking a break from oolongs in order to spend a little more time on both white and black teas. I’ve been drinking a white Darjeeling from the The Tao of Tea that I found to be absolutely lovely, but I have also been drinking this Ceylonese black tea. It has not impressed me nearly as much.

I tried preparing this tea several different ways. Since the results I got with each preparation did not seem all that different, I ended up sticking with the vendor’s suggested method. I steeped 1 teaspoon of loose tea leaves in 8 ounces of 200 F water for 3 minutes. I also tried 4 and 5 minute infusions, but again, they did not seem to be much different. Even though the vendor suggests that one can get 3-4 infusions from 1 teaspoon of this tea, I did not attempt it. One infusion was enough for me. I had no interest in spending more time with this tea than I absolutely had to.

The infused liquor showed a dark, coppery amber in the glass. The nose was very mild. I was just barely able to detect slight aromas of cream, straw, herbs, lemon, leather, wood, and malt. In the mouth, I picked up fleeting sensations of cream, straw, herbs, leather, lemon, malt, toast, wood, and roasted nuts (walnut and hickory). The finish was very clipped and somewhat astringent, offering lingering impressions of toast, roasted nuts, wood, and leather.

I really did not feel like there was all that much to this tea. In terms of aroma and flavor, there is not much there. Also, I found the astringency to be a bit distracting. Furthermore, I found this tea to be very thin-bodied. I normally do not like teas that are very slight and watery in the mouth, and to me, this one is. So, when I look at this tea as a whole, I am left with a thin, bland, astringent tea that does not at all meet my expectations. I loathe giving low scores and poor write-ups, but I felt forced to do so in this instance. Based on my experience, I do not think I would feel comfortable recommending this tea to anyone.

Flavors: Astringent, Cream, Herbs, Leather, Lemon, Malt, Straw, Toast, Walnut, Wood

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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