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Malabar Estate Java OP Clonal Black Tea from Upton Tea Imports

MalabarEstateJavaOPClonalTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Upton Tea Imports

Tea Description:

This selection was harvested at the peak of the summer flavory season. Dark, crepy leaves, combined with gold and silver downy tips produce a dark, clear liquor. The cup has interesting flavor notes and a hint of mahogany wood in the aroma. This is one of the best high-grown Java teas we have seen in years. 

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn more about Steepster Select here.

Taster’s Review:

This Malabar Estate Java OP Clonal Black Tea from Upton Tea Imports is the first of the five teas that I’ll be sampling as part of this month’s Steepster Select box.  Every month, I receive two individually packaged single serving size of high quality, loose leaf tea of FIVE different teas.

The dry leaf of this tea is beautiful with its dark chocolate-y brown leaves with golden tips.  The tea brews up dark in color and rich in flavor.

The tea has a sweet undertone of caramel.  I detect notes of malt.  It’s a strong, robust sort of tea, one that would make a good first cup of the day.  I find that as I sip this tea, I am invigorated.  An excellent pick-me-up sort of tea.

Beyond that first impression, I am noticing some complexity.  I can taste fruit notes.  There are some grape flavors in there, evoking thoughts of wine.  And there is a sort of dry, astringent note toward the end of the sip which is similar to what I’d experience with a glass of wine too.

Mid-sip, I notice a slight orange-y note, as if this might be a “blend” with orange rind in it.  I can even taste the slight bitterness from the pith of the orange.  The orange notes seem to intensify as I continue to sip.  Others who have tasted this tea have mentioned a cinnamon note to this, and I get a very subtle, warm cinnamon note that seems to weave its way in and out of the sip.

Overall, a very good cuppa.  I’d happily drink this again.