I’ve discovered a cache of old Davids Teas, some from as far back as 2015. Most of them are unflavoured, so they probably haven’t withstood the test of time particularly well. I can’t remember if I tried this Ceylon black tea before unintentionally archiving it. I steeped 2 teaspoons of long, kind of broken leaf in a 355 ml mug at 195F for 3:30 and 5 minutes.

Prior to steeping, the leaves give off aromas of honey and generic black tea. The first steep has notes of honey, baked bread, malt, and lots of tannins. The tea leaves a tannic aftertaste and is quite drying. The second steep is just a step up from generic black tea.

I’m not sure if this tea was more interesting when I purchased it, so I won’t assign it a rating. As it is, I don’t think it’s a loss that DAVIDsTEA stopped carrying it.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Drying, Honey, Malt, Metallic, Tannin

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 355 ML
Kittenna

My recollection was that it was better than most ceylons I’d encountered, but I don’t particularly like ceylon, so, meh. Most of my DTs (even the really old ones; I have many pre-2015) have decently retained flavour, if they were sealed in the foil baggies they use. The tinned ones have not.

Leafhopper

It was indeed sealed in a foil baggie, but I honestly found it to be a bit boring. I haven’t had many Ceylons, so maybe I don’t like the profile either. I got another Ceylon as a mystery tea from What-Cha, which should be more representative of the type.

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Kittenna

My recollection was that it was better than most ceylons I’d encountered, but I don’t particularly like ceylon, so, meh. Most of my DTs (even the really old ones; I have many pre-2015) have decently retained flavour, if they were sealed in the foil baggies they use. The tinned ones have not.

Leafhopper

It was indeed sealed in a foil baggie, but I honestly found it to be a bit boring. I haven’t had many Ceylons, so maybe I don’t like the profile either. I got another Ceylon as a mystery tea from What-Cha, which should be more representative of the type.

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