TC22: Kalubowitiyana Estate CTC BP1

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Only limited amounts of CTC style tea are produced in Sri Lanka, and we are happy to be able to reintroduce this style after a prolonged absence. This offering is notable for a pleasing malty nuance, combined with the classic Ceylon notes of cedarwood and light citrus hints.
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Steeping Suggestions: -
Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 212° (boiling)
Steep Time: 3 min.

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I added this one to the Steepster Database a little over an hour ago because I couldn’t find it anywhere so here it is!

Another Fanning-esque type black tea from Upton – this time a Ceylon! It ‘brews-up’ really dark, really fast!

This is a strong ceylon base that is astringent and a bit bitter but not in a disturbing way. A nice sturdy cup – a tad peppery, even!


I saw this, and your TC21: review, I think I’ll have to go see if Upton has a website. I love a good Ceylon!


Yuppers! They do! Just placed an order earlier this week!!! Super fast service!

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Trying to get caught up again … it’s been a while since I’ve worked on my backlogs and the teas keep piling up! Ack!

This is a very finely chopped CTC from Upton. My tip for smaller cut tea like this one is to brew it for a shorter time. If you’d normally brew a black Ceylon for 2 1/2 minutes, go for just 2 minutes with a CTC like this.

This is a delightfully malty tea: rich and surprisingly hearty for a Ceylon. It is very reminiscent of an Assam. I wrote that this is like a Ceylon in Assam’s clothing, and I think that had I tasted this blindly, I would have thought it was an Assam rather than a Ceylon.

After a few sips, more Ceylon-esque qualities emerge, this is definitely more even tempered than an Assam, and it has that classic citrus-y finish. Woody and earthy … this has a very complex character. A really nice tea.

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