Ceylon Black Tea - Extra Special Leaf

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Drying, Roasted, Cherry, Sweet Potatoes, Tannic
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Caffeine
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Edit tea info Last updated by Shanie O Maniac
Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 12 oz / 355 ml

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  • “From the Samurai TTB. I was a little bit on the fence about whether to try this one, since it didn’t really have much of an aroma. Also the mineral notes that Shanie O Maniac mentions in her note...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Ok, full disclosure. This tea was given to me as a free sample from ECT. Here is my honest review. I was initially concerned upon opening the tea. The loose leaf had a strange smell to it, but I...” Read full tasting note
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From the Samurai TTB.

I was a little bit on the fence about whether to try this one, since it didn’t really have much of an aroma. Also the mineral notes that Shanie O Maniac mentions in her note didn’t appeal to me much. But I woke up this morning and wanted a good black tea with breakfast so I decided to give it a go.

Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my breakfast fantasy. It’s not bold enough and there is something lacking in the flavor that I just can’t place. There is a roasted quality that’s interesting though – it reminds me of an oolong actually. Oolongs aren’t my favorite, so maybe that’s why I’m not digging this one so much.

So yeah, it’s not bad but it’s not great either. Still, it’s a bit of a caffeine boost to help get me going this morning, which I sorely needed.

Courtesy of tea-sipper. Thank you. :)

Flavors: Drying, Roasted

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Ok, full disclosure. This tea was given to me as a free sample from ECT. Here is my honest review.

I was initially concerned upon opening the tea. The loose leaf had a strange smell to it, but I attributed it to my not being familiar with Ceylon Black tea. So I brewed it at the following parameters. 2.5 tsp for 16 oz water, boiling temp for 4:30 minutes.

Taste is… well it is certainly tea. I’m getting metallic undertones, but the base flavor is decent. I’m getting hints of cherries, tannin flavor, sweet potato, roasted notes, and something I can’t put my finger on. The more I drink it the more I like it. As it cools down, the metallic undertones are fading and it’s taking on a bold yet somewhat mellow flavor. Strong black tea flavor in this one. Hmm, overall, I would likely drink this again when I wanted a change from my traditional golden tips. It’s not bad. It’s not the best tea ever either, but not bad. I would rate it a solid B.

Flavors: Cherry, Roasted, Sweet Potatoes, Tannic

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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