Ceylon Kirkoswald Golden Tips Black Tea

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A delightful pure golden tip tea possessing an incredibly intense fruity and honeydew melon taste, highly recommended for those who find white teas overly subtle.

Sourced direct from Kirkoswald Tea Estate, one of the very first estates to switch from coffee to tea.

Tasting Notes:
- The dry leaf has a brilliant fudge aroma
- Incredibly smooth with no bitterness
- Brilliant and intense taste of fruit and honeydew melon

Harvest: May 2015
Altitude: 1,280m
Origin: Kirkoswald Tea Estate, Dimbulla Region, Nuwara Eliya Province, Sri Lanka
Sourced: Direct from the farmer
Percentage of price going back to the farmer: 35%+

Brewing Advice:
- Heat water to roughly 85°C/185°F
- Use 1-2 teaspoons per cup/small teapot
- Brew for 1-2 minutes
Packaging: Resealable aluminium ziplock bag

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Finished this off a few nights ago; while I drank it Gong Fu the first time, this time I opted for a large Western steeped mug with some cashew milk added in. I was craving a no fuss or frills mug of black tea to drink late night whilst sitting on the porch during a rain storm. I’ve decided that’s my aesthetic:

- Porch views of pouring rain and thunder storms
- Oversized sweaters and pots of tea
- The smell of something cooking on the stove top coming from the kitchen
- Sadness and peacefulness in silence
- The smell of petrichor in the calm after the storm

Anyway, a no fuss or frills tea is precisely what I got. Very simple taste; kind of fades away as your typical ‘black tea’ flavour that the inexperienced tea drinker pictures when someone says they’re drinking black tea. It’s malty, smooth, has a slight cocoa note and a very light fruityness and then of course the cashew milk made the mouth feel a little thicker, and gave a nutty note to the profile. All the noms, basically.

I have sad news to report though: I made this in my lilac colour changing Nordic mug and then afterwards I left the mug on the counter because it was late and I was sleepy. When I got up in the morning, my roommate had popped it in the dishwasher as a gesture of kindness and while the intentions were pure I still wound up with a mug that had lost nearly all of its decals. It wasn’t my favourite mug in the first place, but it was a birthday present and it sucks that I can’t replace it.

No hard feelings of course; it was purely an accident. Still, that marks the death of yet another mug…


Sorry to hear about your mug :( I keep losing / breaking teaware too, not sure what that’s all about.


I am now sitting of class daydreaming of drinking tea on a porch in the rain :P


Also, sorry to hear about the mug. I love the ones from DAVIDs but it is kinda a pain that most of them arent dishwasher friendly.


You would think that since so many ppl have dishwashers, that would be an must have aspect on their teaware.

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