Uva BOP Ceylon Black Tea from Upton Tea Imports


Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Upton Tea Imports

Tea Description:

Classic rich Ceylon from a prestigious region in the highlands.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Yeah!  This Uva BOP Ceylon Black Tea from Upton Tea Imports is just what I needed today.  I was feeling just a wee bit sluggish, in need of some caffeine and mostly what I wanted was rich, delicious black tea … and this Ceylon satisfies!

But I do have one complaint:  the photo above is supposed to be a close up of the leaves … but, the actual leaves that I put into my tea maker today didn’t really look like this.  The cut is much smaller than what I’d expect from a BOP.  And really, this is my only complaint about this tea.  The leaves are much more like a fine chop CTC tea leaf, rather than a Broken Orange Pekoe.

That complaint aside, the tea that the leaves produce is very flavorful.  RICH and bold … but also very even-toned as I have come to expect from Ceylon.  I don’t taste bitterness, and I don’t get a lot of astringency from this cup, although as I continue to sip, the astringency builds somewhat, providing a tangy “pucker” in the finish by the time I’ve consumed about half a cup of the tea.

The sip starts with an earthy note.  I notice some sweetness, sort of honey-esque.  I get some lovely citrus-y notes that come forward toward the finish.  Notes of malt – which is a little surprising because this is a Ceylon and I don’t usually associate Ceylon teas with a malty note like this.

I would classify this as a rich yet medium-bodied cup of tea.  Very tasty.

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