Review: Drink the Leaf Ceylon Black

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Thumbs up!"If mahogany had a smell, this would be it."
Geoff’s Teaview: 9/10
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drinkleafceylonPerhaps I'm becoming more snobby in my taste-tests, but - for sheer scholastic reasons - I wish I knew where in particular this Drink the Leaf Ceylon hailed from. For one, it would give me more filler to put in an intro paragraph. Secondly, as evidenced by Darjeeling, flavor profiles differ from region to region, tea estate to tea estate. Of course, this might be a blend, and therefore listing the estates would therefore be impossible, but surely I could be given a hint as to the region.

Reason being, I love Nuwara Eliya-produced Ceylons, mainly for delicacy. This reminded me of it, if only by dry scent alone - equal parts earthy and floral. Clean, black, robust color on visual presentation; the very promise of a nuanced cup. Maybe I'm putting too much pressure on it, though.

Brewing instructions were sadly absent on the sight. I erred on the side of "light" with this, infusing 1 tsp in 8oz of 190F water for three minutes. The liquor brewed amber-to-brown, definitely on the fainter side for a black, which is what I'd hoped for. The infusion's aroma was malty, reminiscent of cocoa, just like the Drink the Leaf bio described. Floral hints downplayed the earthier elements sensed in the initial dry whiff. If mahogany had a smell, this would be it. To the tongue...well...

Words and "notes" escape me, really. On first taste, I actually fist-pumped the air and gave a delightful squeal. No astringency or bitterness, nothing vegetal, just a clean, pleasant brew with only a slight wake-up factor to it. Now I'm morbidly curious about their House Ceylon. If this was their second-placer, I could only imagine how wonderful the first would be.

— To purchase Drink the Leaf Ceylon Black, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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