From Vietnam, to India, and now to Sri Lanka...This has been an exciting journey of black tea discovery.
This tea is an organic and Fairtrade certified tea from the selection at Arbor Teas.
The Greenfield estate is in the Uva district, which means that this is a high grown Ceylon tea. I would much rather drink a high grown than a mid or low grown. The characteristics that high grown teas display are enjoyable to my specific palate. The lows and mids can be a bit harsh and overbearing.
The dry leaf has quite the array of scents!
Delicate accents of cherry and grape are noticeable, along with a light malty, wheat type aroma.
After all that, fine floral fumes float to my face.
The aroma is evident right as heated water embraces the dry leaves. The sweet smell of honey and the bold aroma of malt and barley mingle together as they rise from the steaming pot.
I enjoy these smells as I watch the leaves dance amongst themselves and release their potent flavor.
The taste is ever so simple;
Malt, cherry and honey, all pulled together by a mild astringency.
This is a tea to be enjoyed, not pondered upon.
This tea seemed like its purpose was to be a part of a blend. It would provide a wonderful base to a black tea blend, or a flavored blend.
But tasting the traits of a specific estate is a wonderful experience that should be savored.
It is akin to meeting a person for the first time, and there are memorable things about him or her that stand out. When one meets them again, they will remember those traits and characteristics and recognize who that person is.
Tea equates to many aspects of our lives.