Kirkoswald Estate Ceylon Pekoe (TC29)

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The flavor profile of this selection includes notes of savory herbs and hints of mint. A delicate sweetness and balanced pungency add complexity to the enticing cup, which will accommodate a splash of milk, if desired.
Sri Lanka

Steeping Suggestions: -
Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 212° (boiling)
Steep Time: 3-5 min.

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I know this is going to sound weird…but the dry aroma of this totally reminded me of a few of my favorite Indian dishes (like Dahl)!!!

Once infused the tea color liquor is a bit on the lighter brown side. The taste is quite amazing, tho!

It tastes like a gentle black tea with a combo of herbs, spices, and a bit of mint – just enough to make it fresh on your breath! It’s crisp and airy.

Many of you know I HATE the term “mouth feel” and I use it VERY sparingly…but I can’t think of what else to call it…it just has an AMAZING Mouth Feel….eeeeek…I even cringe when I type the phrase…sorry! It’s like the other words than make me weird-out…like “Shindig” and “Panties” – I FREAKING HATE THEM.

BUT…the good news is…I LOVE this tea!


Your post made me laugh. :) I have never ordered from Upton, but that’s going to have to change. This tea sounds great!


Glad to have put a smile on someone’s face today :) teehee :)
Let me know if you do place an order – I’d love to see your reviews on any you try! They have over 480 different ones, tho! LOL :)


Fun side note: you are not the only one who is weird-ed out by the term ‘panties’. I know one girl who absolutely cannot stand that word as well as ‘moist’.


I hate the word ‘moist’. Hate, hate, hate it! My total disgust for that word began in 9th grade biology. My teacher said that word everyday, and it seemed like she always had spit at the corners of her mouth when she it. Ugh. Totally gross, but there you go.:)

Changing topics… 480 teas… I think I only have 5 on my to-buy list. I’ll start with those (including this one!), and see where that leads me.

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I think Ceylon teas might be the MUTs (Most Underated Teas) of the tea world. Like the classic design of a Corvette Stingray or a Schott leather jacket, the crisp, lemony flavor of this Kirkoswald Estate offering will never go out of style.

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Agree. I would never say no to a good Ceylon. My husband’s coworker brought a tin of a excellent Ceylon from Sri Lanka. He said that he never had full leaf himself only CTC because its very expensive for Sri Lanka people.

Doug F

That’s funny—even a good whole leaf is pretty affordable here—$5 or $6 for a quarter pound. Upton always has a bunch of good ones and usually some green Ceylon teas as well, which I really like.


Can’t fit in my Schott any more, never could afford a corvette but I can drink Ceylon teas. Thanks for the review will give it a try sometime.


To put things in perspective when I was in India I stayed at a basic hostel geared to Indian workers for a little over $12 ( probably less than that, I am using modern exchange rates) a month. My friends Dad paid $9.00 for a small flat inside the old part of Jaipur and a room in a poorer part of Old Delhi was the same. Although rents were comparable to here in other parts of the city. You could get a kilo of bananas for under 10 cents. I took a 6 hour bus ride for under a dollar and it puts into perspective why higher grades of tea could be seen as expensive by a large part of the population.


My favorite from the Region is Sam Bodhi by Palais de thes

Doug F

Yes. It’s all about perspective. I imagine that the same Ceylon I pay five dollars for 125 grams costs a lot less in India. I’m definitely grateful for everything I can enjoy as citizen of a prosperous country.

Doug F

Thanks TeaBrat! I’ll have to try the Sam Bodhi.


Definitely! I have no idea how much loose tea was there. Most of my friends just bought it from chai stands you’d order it for about 2.5 INR. Less than 5¢.


As well the economic situation is very different there now, then when I was bthere. For example the pink box Lopchu ( higher grade) didn’t seem to make it over here this year suggesting that there is more of a local demand for it.


It’s by MlesnA Victorian Blend selected Orange Pekoe. It’s in a pretty tin 200 gr

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