Ceylon Blackwood Estate Green- Organic

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Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, has been providing excellent teas since the mid 1800’s and is currently one of the largest tea producing countries in the world. Prior to the introduction of tea plants to Sri Lanka, this country was primarily known for its crops of cinnamon and coffee. Due to economic changes, which affected the cinnamon crop, and a fungal disease, which devastated the coffee plants, Ceylon began experimenting with tea plants in 1839. It wasn’t until 1867, when James Taylor, a British planter, began a tea plantation in Kandy, that tea was established as a viable industry. His venture was soon followed by other tea gardens in and around the area.

Sri Lanka has 6 growing regions: Kandy, Uda Pussellawa, Uva, Ruhuna, Dimbula and Nuwara Eliya. The central highlands of Sri Lanka offer humidity, cooler temperatures and consistent rainfall, all of which provide a favorable environment for high quality teas.

Blackwood is a section of the Idulgashinna Organic Tea Gardens, which is the world’s first organic certified garden in the world and is also Fair Trade certified. The gardens are located in the Uva region and produce their teas from July to September every year.

The garden consists of 1,100 workers; 465 housing units with 180 newly built independent houses with all basic facilities. They have 100% water supply for drinking; 75% have electricity; 7 pre-schools; 8 day care centers; 3 dispensaries; 1 base hospital and 1 bank, which includes empowerment of women through self employment and savings

You’ll enjoy savoring the lovely citral notes found in this delicious organic green tea from the Blackwood Estate. The olive green leaves produce a clear golden cup with a more full bodied taste than most green teas.
Brew tea at 180º – steep for 3 minutes.

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1662 tasting notes

I. love. this. tea.
Loooove it! A new favourite folks! Possible even more than my precious Dragonwell. Who’da thunk it…
It’s quite possibly the most unique, complex green tea that I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting.
Sweet like spun sugar, mildly vegetal like snow peas, and a hint of bitter like arugula on the finish. Beautiful.
Mind you, that was just the first steep. I wonder what more is to come?
Oh and I entirely forgot that it was green when I made a big mug yesterday… with boiling water. Guess what, it held up pretty decently! in fact, there was absolutely no bitterness. That part came out when I brewed it with cooler water. Of course, there was no sweetness there either. In fact, it was more malty than anything else. Beats me how that works but I’m not one to complain!




I’m drinking precious right now!


Hehehe I’m giddy. Perfect snow day! :D


Dragonwell, from Verdant?? Mmmmm


Yup hahaha!


We’re tea twins! :P

Bear With Me

this sounds amazing!


Yes I-bloom, you and I even look exactly alike! I’m sure that I don’t look 65!!!! Hahahahaha! (At least I don’t ACT it!)


Shaynebear, it serious is. I am SO glad I picked it out :P

Bonnie, LOL We are sisters from another mother ;)


I should have nabbed a sample! :P


Next time we meet up, I’ll save some for you!! and if we ever make another S&V order… I neeeeeed 100g lol


there is no IF on the S&V order. I have about 70$ worth that i want to try and counting…


Man you people are making it impossible to drink down my stash :P
(she said as she perused the s&v website…)

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3134 tasting notes

Sipdown! 815. Hmm, I don’t quite seem to have the same impression of this one as Indigobloom… definitely not better than a dragonwell for me. While it was steeping, it smelled almost metallic, but the flavour was much better, a bit of that chewy vegetal flavour. Unfortunately this cup fell victim to clumsiness, as I knocked it off the table :( Luckily for me it was a short drop and not hot tea, so no injuries or breakage were sustained, but it also means that I really can’t tell you much more about this tea. I would certainly try it again, but don’t think it would beat my more favoured green profiles, which are heavier on the boiled veggie/beany flavours or sweet, rock sugar notes.

Second infusion is very meh, standard green tea-ish. Can’t blame the tea though, because I know better than to let greens sit in the infuser for a while. They just don’t last like everything else does, and that leads to losses of yummy flavours.

Thanks for letting me sample this one Indigobloom :)

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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