Samovar OP-A Ceylon Black Tea Blend from Upton Tea Imports

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Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Upton Tea Imports

Tea Description:

We created this selection specifically for use in samovars but it also works exceptionally well in traditional teapots. The tea has a dark cup, well-balanced character, and can be infused for a long period without becoming bitter. The flavor is of a classic medium-grown Ceylon with a smooth profile and hints of ripe apple. 

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I was a little hesitant to try this Samovar OP-A Ceylon Black Tea Blend from Upton Tea Imports … why?  Because of the name … well, the word “Samovar” specifically.  I’ve come to associate the word Samovar with “Russian”, and when I think of Russian tea, I think SMOKY.

But … NO smoke.  Not even a hint of it!  This is a sweet, brisk Ceylon.  Medium-bodied with lots of sweet fruit tones that (as mentioned in the above description) remind me a bit of a sweet, crisp apple.  Very low astringency here, and no sign of bitterness whatsoever.  Just a smooth, even-tempered, well-rounded cup of delicious tea.  It’s one of the sweeter Ceylon teas that I’ve tried.

This tea makes an outstanding iced tea as well as a delightful hot tea.  Try it with a cinnamon stick when its hot – just drop the cinnamon stick right in the brewed tea and sip it while it slowly steeps its flavor into the cup.  Yum!  It’s also quite pleasant iced with a little bit of mint.

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