4 Tasting Notes
Elephant Chateau’s Nuwara Eliya is a superb quality Ceylon Tea. You get an intimation of this from the beautiful black envelope-package in which it comes. The reason it is a large envelope is because the extremely fresh leaves inside are fluffy and full. This is unusual to find in many Sri Lanka teas, and Is a good sign. More frequently, Sri Lankan teas in the marketplace are broken leaves, often broken into little pieces, or even fine pieces. The one exception to that for me has been New Vithanakande, but this tea presents an even better leaf that speaks to its quality.
The tea is light when brewed, and quite refreshing, no doubt in part to the freshness, but also the unmistakable quality. I have had two distinct types of Nuwara Eliya, one with a sweet Assamica roundness, and others with a Sinensis (China) astringency and clarity. This tea (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MG569D5) falls into the first category, with a tempered “fullness” and sweetness that you’ll find in a First Flush Assam. I found that when you use less leaf you get a lighter taste, reducing the maltiness, but still with satisfying flavor.
Flavors: Flowers, Honey, Sweet