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drank Island Heritage by teakruthi
164 tasting notes

When I saw that this tea was from 135-year-old bushes, I couldn’t pass up the chance to try it. (I guess all you puerh drinkers are making me value old tea trees.) It’s from the Dimbula region of Sri Lanka, which makes it a high-grown tea. Thanks to Teakruthi for the sample.

I steeped slightly over 2 teaspoons of leaf in a 355 ml mug at 190F for 4.5 and 6 minutes. In a previous session, I used the same parameters and started steeping at 3.5 minutes, but the tea turned out too light to detect much flavour.

The aroma of the large twisted leaves is of malt and muscatel. The first steep is a nice combination of muscatel, wood, and malt with a grassy aftertaste. I also get floral and sappy notes, as well as a hint of smoke, though fortunately for me, this is easy to miss. The tea is very light and has almost no astringency. The second steep still has lots of flavour, with the malt and wood predominating.

This is an elegant, non-abrasive tea with some nice but understated flavours. Even though I used slightly more leaf than the instructions recommended, it was very light and I had trouble picking it apart. This seems to be the more laid-back cousin of Divine Highlands and would make for a nice afternoon tea.

Flavors: Floral, Grass, Malt, Muscatel, Sap, Smoke, Wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 355 ML
Martin Bednář

I can agree completely :)
This is what I wrote back then. I would not make it as steepster entry, because my tastes developed a lot for sure.

I have opened the bag, I don’t know what to expect. In smell wood went out and when I wanted to pour tea to strainer, nothing. Lots of long, not broken :O leaves. That was reason, why it didn’t pour. Smell was bit unpleasant, I was expecting more typical, malty smell. But then I poured hot water (approx. 90°C) and it went great. Wood smell was gone, now it started smell bit flowery. Colour is nice as well, clear orange liquor. In taste it is nice mild black tea. Great for drinking in the evening :)

I think I can agree with you completely.

Leafhopper

Yes, the leaf quality is great, though I wish this tea had a bit more oomph.

Martin Bednář

I can not recall it much, this was from review I posted on their website. Two or three years ago :D

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Martin Bednář

I can agree completely :)
This is what I wrote back then. I would not make it as steepster entry, because my tastes developed a lot for sure.

I have opened the bag, I don’t know what to expect. In smell wood went out and when I wanted to pour tea to strainer, nothing. Lots of long, not broken :O leaves. That was reason, why it didn’t pour. Smell was bit unpleasant, I was expecting more typical, malty smell. But then I poured hot water (approx. 90°C) and it went great. Wood smell was gone, now it started smell bit flowery. Colour is nice as well, clear orange liquor. In taste it is nice mild black tea. Great for drinking in the evening :)

I think I can agree with you completely.

Leafhopper

Yes, the leaf quality is great, though I wish this tea had a bit more oomph.

Martin Bednář

I can not recall it much, this was from review I posted on their website. Two or three years ago :D

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