Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tea Journeyman Amba Estate Hand-Rolled GF OP1 Ceylon Black Tea

Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
Leaf Appearance: long and wiry, dark brown
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Steeper
Liquor: reddish amber

Amba Estate has become one of my favorite sources for Ceylon tea. You might remember that I previously reviewed and enjoyed their OP1 with Tea Flowers from Tealet. The leaves were absolutely gorgeous after brewing. I have never seen a Ceylon tea that was this whole or with this many buds. All of the extra work of hand rolling definitely payed off. The taste was exactly what I was hoping for. It was clean and brisk with complex notes of honey, fruit and chocolate. This is a tea to inhale deeply and take your time with. I did three consecutive infusions and the flavor held up very well throughout each of them. As always, I really appreciate the depth of the information provided by +Tea Journeyman Shop. +Kevin Craig's tasting notes come from a tea blogger's perspective so it's almost like he reads my mind. In case you haven't already, make sure that you check out the blog that inspired the business, Tea Journeyman.

Amba Estate Hand-Rolled GF OP1 Ceylon Black Tea sample provided by Tea Journeyman.