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Caramel, Dates, Vanilla
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170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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From Whittard of Chelsea

High in the Dimbula region of Sri Lanka, once Ceylon, the tea bushes grow slowly in the cool clean air. This produces a fine-quality crop that gives our blend an intense, bright taste and rich, golden color. Crisp and satisfying, this is a tea to enjoy at any time of day.

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I regret to report that this is sweepings and dust … at least the half tin I spilled on the floor. Too many precariously stacked tins and packages.

However, the portion that I did have is quite good. I’ve mentioned elsewhere that Ceylon often gets a bad rap because that’s the name that gets slapped on mediocre and less-than-mediocre grocery store teas. This one is the slightly more elegant cousin of a meaty builders’ tea like PG Tips.

Even looks like PG Tips in the tin, but steeped up a rich, deep burgundy this morning. Lighter and a tetch fruitier (I used coppery in a previous review) than a PG type. Good on its own, but milk accentuates it nicely.


Coppery, metally is indeed one word I associate with ceylon teas – and in a good way! I have a fondness for ceylons, if good, though admittedly they can be so very very awful. some of the worst teas ever are made with ceylon tea :(


I love the term builders’ tea and never hear it used! : )


That s the term that got Dame Judy Dench her job in “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”! You really don’t hear it often in the states and I am sure most people don’t know what it is!


Best Exotic is on my “to watch” list; hopefully soon.

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62 tasting notes

Very dark, more full-bodied than I expected, multiple levels of flavor. Not my favorite, but found it very drinkable with no sugar or milk added.

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Quite nice and silky. This is one of those teas that gets better with re-soaking.

Use this with a tea infuser ball or a really good filter — otherwise the shavings get everywhere.

Flavors: Caramel, Dates, Vanilla

170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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