|"When I opened my bag of Sinharaja, a lovely pure Ceylon smell met my nose. As I transferred the tea into an airtight container I had prepared, I was so impressed with the size of the leaves!"|
I have ordered several teas from Golden Moon and Sinharaja is one of my favorites. I received several of their teas as samples and Sinharaja was one I was so impressed with that I purchased a ½ lb bag!
My teas were packaged nicely and shipped very quickly. When I opened the bag of Sinharaja, a lovely pure Ceylon smell met my nose. As I transferred the tea into an airtight container I had prepared, I was so impressed with the size of the leaves! (It has stayed fresh in the airtight container and I’ve had it for several months now.)
The leaves are very dark, and tighly rolled, very thin and very long! Some are close to an inch – the full leaf rolled tightly, not little broken leaves like I was used to drinking.
I use a “perfect cup of tea” scoop to measure my tea, and I can not even scoop this tea. I have to reach in and take a pinch and drop it into the scoop… the leaves are that large!
My favorite way to drink Sinharaja is brewed loose leaf directly in the teapot. It brews up a gorgeous dark golden brown, and is actually a much lighter Ceylon than I would normally buy because I like strong bold black teas.
The taste is gentle, yet complete. It has some of the taste of chocolate that Ceylon tea is known for, but it also has an intriguing aftertaste of honey – something I’ve never tasted in a Ceylon!
I brew this tea using water that has just come to the boil. I put the loose leaves in a warmed pot and let them brew at least 6 min. I pour the first cup sometime between 6 min - 10 min. I do not need to be precise because this tea never gets bitter! I brew a 6 cup pot and drink the whole pot myself and though it does get darker and stronger, it doesn’t get bitter at all! This amazes me – but it makes the perfect loose leaf pot of tea for me.
I prefer my Ceylon with milk and a bit of sugar. Sinharaja is great just black, and sometimes I skip the sugar all together and just use milk. Either way, it is the smoothest black tea I have ever brewed – and I never get tired of that unique aftertaste.
I’m thrilled to have found Golden Moon Tea’s Sinharaja. It is my “special” tea for when I need a treat.
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