In My Cup

The dry leaves…

The long wiry slightly reddish -brown hued leaves smelt vaguely of cocoa and molasses- very understated, but pleasant. The aroma of the dry leaves brought back memories of a cookie my grandmother used to make. YUMMY!!!


While brewing, the cocoa notes from the dry leaves was still there but less pronounced than I expected based on the initial aroma. Now there was a very faint note of dark raisins – which I love! Since it was a black tea, my water temperature was 212 degrees and I steeped it for three minutes.

In my cup…

The bright clear copper – colored liquor in my cup offered a strong and spicy, malty aroma. It was balanced with a brisk flavor, coupled with delicious hints of dark honey and malted grain, at the back end. There was a slight mellow sweetness to compliment, the heavier malty-ness. It had just the right depth, pungency and brightness, with a slightly tannic finish.

If you are in the market for a good-value, top-quality loose-leaf Ceylon Orange Pekoe, this is the tea for you. It is not unusual, distinctive, or unique – but just something simple and pure. This is just a very straightforward, refreshing. energizing black tea. It’s clean and crisp with a beautiful color and its warming flavors are delightful with its honey notes, peppery touch and slight astringency. Orange Pekoe Ceylon is a warm, comforting mellowing cup, which is the  ideal choice for afternoon tea with friends, or to enjoy at any time of the day! This is a solid, unpretentious, well flavored black tea. This is a five for me!

Rating Scale

tea rating

All teas will be rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 for dislike and 5 as love:

  1. Dislike (I didn’t like the tea and would not repurchase)
  2. Passable (I didn’t dislike the tea, but I didn’t think it was very good)
  3. Average (I didn’t find it good or bad and would drink it again)
  4. Good (I liked it but it and may repurchase)
  5. Love (I enjoyed it lot and would repurchase

NEXT… Portugal

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