I am writing about yet another Ceylon Black Tea and this one has a lot of great properties. Firstly, it is organic it has both USDA and European Organic certifications. It is also Fairtrade certified. We also know where this tea comes from indicating that it is a single origin tea which is great because it is probably not a blend. Yay! This estate is called Harrington Estate in the Dimbulla region and the owners have been cultivating organic teas since 2011. They only use organic fertilisers and manure from grass-fed cows. The transition to organic agriculture brought the wildlife back to the estate which is spread over 40 hectares and at 1,200 meters above sea level.
Apart from those, this tea contains ‘buds’ which is manifested in its name as ‘flowery’. However, it is not a full loose-leaf tea but broken. I am not sure why leaves get broken, possibly at different stages of processing and production. I hope that they are broken on purposes to intensify the flavour etc.
This tea was very pleasant in my opinion. It was not mild, neither full-bodied but still, it got character. It was not astringent but somewhat sweet and I think it is a tea that a black tea lower can drink at any time of the day. It also offers a good balance of chocolate and floral notes.
Type: Black tea
Origin: Dimbulla, Sri Lanka
Harvest time: 2020
Leave colour: Dark brown
Liquor colour: Cupper
Tea aroma: Woody
Tea taste: Medium-bodied with chocolate and floral notes
Steeping/brewing: You can use around 90°C water temperature and brew for up to one minute in gongfu style or up to three minutes in Western-style. You can brew the leaves many times (until the taste is lost). To each infusion add additional time. Experiment for a result that suits your taste.
Shelf life: Up to 3 years (to improve shelf life store the sealed tea leaves in a dry, dark place with low temperatures)