Continuing my exploration through Ceylon and Indian tea, I have this offering from Sheffield spice and tea. I started by brewing this with 2 gram at just under 212 in a glass pot for about 3 minutes. I got from it a dark red and very clear liquor.
The infusion has an aroma of malt, chocolate, dark fruit. For brewing it so long its surprisingly fruity and low on astringency and bitterness. Sipping it produced many of the same flavors, there was just a hint of astringency on the tail end. Having gotten started in Chinese tea, im surprised at how different the blacks are. There chocolate flavor is so intense in the Indian and Ceylon tea. I wonder if this is difference in the roasting or oxidation, or just the terroir.
This is an excellent tea for adding milk and sugar, I always drink my tea straight unless Im doing a chai blend and this makes an Excellent chai tea.
I recommend this tea for anyone looking for a classic British style tea.
Flavors: Astringent, Chocolate, Creamy, Fruity, Malt, Mineral