|"It's a lovely dark golden tea and smells of honey and spice."|
We are very careful. The teapot is always heated before adding the tea and water. We run the faucet to make sure the water is cold and fresh. We heat the water to the exact sound just before it fully boils. We carefully time the steeping of our tea. We both prepare our black tea with milk and sugar, though we differ in our proportions of each.
Because of this morning ritual, I am always looking for new, quality black teas to try. I was super excited when Naomi at Joy's Teaspoon offered to let me sample this Ceylon.
Joy's Teaspoon offers Ceylon Morawaka as a BOP (Broken Orange Pekoe) and as a OP (Orange Pekoe). Orange Pekoe does not refer to the flavor of the tea, but is a grade of tea leaves. OP is common for a Ceylon and is a long thin wiry leave. BOP is the same, but the leaves are broken. It is a beautiful tea, dark large leaf pieces with an occasional golden tip and smells so fresh with a touch of honey and cocoa.
It is a "low grown" ceylon from Sri Lanka. The story of the estate this tea comes from is so lovely, I want to share it directly from the Joy's Teaspoon website.
"Morawaka Estate, located in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka, is owned and operated by Sumedha and Kumari Kulatunga. With their giant hearts, they provide more than just an income for their employees. With the help of local social services the estate supports a school for under-privileged children, a nurturing daycare for the female dominated work force, medical, dental and eye camps for employees and their families, neutering of animals, and countless other counseling and support services. As if that alone was not enough, they are also protecting their cultivators by growing these aromatic and spicy teas with clean, environmentally friendly practices. Composting, use of recyclable packaging materials, soil preservation and planting responsibly are just a few of the steps being taken within the estate."
After reading that, I couldn't help but love this tea! Not only is it healthy for me, in a way I am partnering in all of these wonderful local services by purchasing it! But I know you want to know what I really thought of the flavor.
It was delicious! I used 3 large scoops (teaspoons) of tea in my basket steeper for my morning pot of tea. I steeped it 5 minutes as suggested on the website. It's a lovely dark golden tea and smells of honey and spice. I would call this a nice medium bodied tea. It's not too strong, nor to heavily bodied. However, it does take milk and sugar very well. It has a natural sweetness and has an opening taste of honey, with a final undertone of cocoa. It has a very light dryness to the aftertaste - similar to a Darjeeling tea. It is not bitter at all.
I think that anyone who enjoys Ceylon teas should give this one a try. My description may not sound that unique, but it really does have some small nuances that set it apart from other Ceylon teas. And who can resist a tea that helps so many people in the community where it is grown?
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