The smell of the brewed leaves and brewed liquor is lovely with a nice fig-like tobacco smell with hints of vanilla and cinnamon. The taste is extremely smooth and nuanced. Not quite as complex as the smell from the actual leaves, but still nice. There is no astringency at all and it almost seems like a less smokey Keemun or a mild Assam. I think I could drink this every morning . . . its quite excellent and tastes lovely with a breakfast pastry.
Manikkanda Estate FF Ex Sp (TC77)
From the Galle/Ruhuna region, this select “spider leaf” style of Ceylon yields a rich cup with flavor notes of raisins and cocoa. The FF designation means “Fancy Flowery” and is bestowed upon limited production from this estate that meets strict quality standards.