Leaf Type: Black
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I don’t have a lot of information about this Ceylon Tea FBOP1 from Alwazah Tea, as it wasn’t sent to me by a vendor nor did I order it. It was sent to me by another tea drinker, and since what I do is drink tea and write about it, I decided that I wasn’t about to let my lack of information about the brand of tea or the company that sells it stop me from writing about it!
It’s been my experience that Ceylon Tea is – generally speaking – a fairly moderate, middle-of-the-road, easy-going and equally as easy to sip black tea. It’s a medium-bodied tea with a fairly “neutral” type flavor that makes it the usual choice for a tea base when flavoring teas.
However, as I sip this Ceylon from Alwazah, I can’t honestly say that this is an easy to sip black tea. I’m finding it quite tannic. I brewed it in boiling water for 2 1/2 minutes, so this is not a case of bitter tea because it was over-steeped.
There are other flavors within this tea too, and they’re enjoyable: I get some sweetness derived from fruit-like flavors in the tea. I taste notes of stone fruit together with some citrus notes. I’m liking those flavors, but I’m still rather overwhelmed by the bitterness of the tea that it’s difficult to get a lot of enjoyment out of the sweeter layers of this tea.
It’s also quite astringent. I usually note an astringency as either “tangy” – which is when I feel a slight pucker on the inside of my cheeks; or “dry” which is when I feel a slightly dry sensation from the astringency. Here, I get both the pucker on the inside of my cheeks and the dry sensation on my tongue and upper palate. I often embrace astringency but this is too astringent for my liking.
I am just not enjoying this Ceylon. I wish I had more positive things to say about it, but, the most positive thing I can say at this point is that it’s drinkable, but, not something I’d want to drink again.